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Job Opening in Lunenburg: Chief Operating Officer

The Chief Operating Officer position to work with the Municipal Joint Services Board (Lunenburg, Mahone Bay and Bridgewater).

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Operations Manager – Valley Waste, Nova Scotia

Valley Region Solid Waste-Resource Management Authority (Valley Waste) is the inter-municipal services
corporation that manages solid waste for the County of Kings and the towns of Annapolis Royal, Middleton, Berwick,
Kentville and Wolfville.

Based in Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley, Valley Waste serves a population base of 65,000 people and services
32,500 residential and commercial customers.

The organization is particularly proud of its progressive, fiscally responsible, socially acceptable and environmentally
sound approach to solid waste management.

On their behalf, we are seeking an Operations Manager who will report directly to the General Manager.

What qualities are needed as Operations Manager?

As the ideal candidate, you have both experience and comprehensive knowledge of modern municipal solid waste-resource
management programs and systems, as well as the requisite academic qualifications.

Exceptional interpersonal and leadership skills enable you to develop trust and respect among staff. Your proven
organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills equip you to thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.

You bring extensive experience managing, implementing and administering occupational health and safety programs in an
industrial environment. Your comprehensive mechanical knowledge includes building systems, heavy equipment repair, and
fleet management.

You have administered large operational and capital budgets and have purchasing experience including the development
of tender and request for proposal documents.

A full position description is available here.

If this opportunity interests you, please forward a cover letter explaining how your background will meet the needs of
Valley Waste. Please also enclose a resume outlining your education and work history. Applications can be emailed to
apply@geraldwalsh.com quoting file number 1872 in the subject line. We invite applications from all qualified candidates.

We encourage applications from all qualified candidates including Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially
visible persons, women, and persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

The Regional District of Nanaimo is searching for a Manager, Solid Waste Services.
This is an exciting opportunity to lead a highly innovative and successful solid waste program that has one of the
highest diversion rates in North America. Click to view printable PDF

Advocacy Alert
Canadian Response to Chinese Waste Import Restrictions

FROM:Jesse Maxwell, Advocacy & eLearning Program Manager, SWANA

TO:SWANA Canadian Chapter Legislative Liaisons

DATE:January 10, 2018

SUBJECT:Canadian Response to Chinese Waste Import Restrictions

The new year brings with it the adoption of China’s restrictions on certain imported recyclables, and the effects of this change within Canada are becoming more apparent. This Advocacy Alert contains a round-up of Canada-specific items in response to the Chinese recycling restrictions.

SWANA on Calgary Eyeopener
On January 3, SWANA CEO & Executive Director David Biderman spoke on the CBC radio program Calgary Eyeopener about why China is restricting recyclables from abroad, and what impact this has had within both Calgary and Canada. This includes stockpiling of certain materials until new outlets can be found, and the need for better recycling practices at every level. David spoke with Sharon Howland at the City of Calgary prior to the interview to coordinate messaging.
Click here for the full recording.

Zero Waste Canada Releases Statement
Zero Waste Canada (ZWC), a British Columbia–based nonprofit organization focused on responsible resource management and policies, has issued a response to the Chinese restrictions. ZWC calls for a widespread and coordinated effort to achieve a higher collection and reuse of quality products and recyclate at source.
The full response from ZWC is available here.

SWANA endorses getting better quality recyclables at the curb, as well as more stringent processing of those recyclables resulting in better quality products in response to the new restrictions. The use of thermal treatment (waste-to-energy) is excluded by ZWC in its statement, but is supported under the hierarchy of options provided by SWANA in moving from solid waste management to resource management.

Now, more than ever, the Zero Waste Principles and Practices certification course, developed by SWANA and the California Resource Recovery Association, is beneficial to companies and municipalities throughout North America, and I encourage your Chapter to explore how this course may be of use to its members.

SWANA continues to monitor this important issue and provide guidance both domestically and abroad. This includes coordinating with the Canadian government, U.S. governmental officials, and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA).

Join us at
SWANApalooza 2018, in Denver, Colorado, March 5–7 for continued discussion of this evolving topic, including a keynote address on The China Effect. Please share the information in this Alert with the Chapter members as appropriate, and feel free to contact me directly with any questions.

Waste Industry Safety Stand Down on Water Rest Shade
an initiative of the National Waste & Recycling Association.

This week-long training and awareness effort is focused on the prevention of heat-related illnesses commonly suffered by solid waste workers.

The Safety Stand-Down on Water Rest Shade runs the week of May 16 - 20, 2016. We are asking our chapters to join SWANA’s commitment, in conjunction with NWRA and other leaders within the solid waste community, toward significantly improving safety for the waste and recycling industry by taking part in this effort.

Participation in the stand down means that one’s organization and/or chapter has joined with waste and recycling companies across the country to commit to:
  • Assess the risk associated with heat exposure
  • Develop a Heat Illness prevention plan that includes:
    • Understanding the health effects of heat
    • Processes to prevent heat exhaustion
    • How to respond to symptoms and illness
  • Review and, if needed, update your company’s policy for safely working in the heat
  • Let others know of your plans for the week
Get started!
A free Safety Stand Down on Water Rest Shade Toolkit can be downloaded here.

Get Involved!
Click here to register your participation in the Safety Stand Down

Get More!

For your all of your industry safety needs, visit the SWANA 'Safety Matters' Website.