12 Aug Our Future Without Waste
Well, with reserved excitement, I’ve decided to start something I’ve been thinking to do for some time since taking the helm at ARMA in late 2019 – to share my thoughts on all things recycling in a more casual way in the digital world. This is the first edition of my blog.
My intention with this effort is to encourage conversation not even necessarily with me or ARMA, but within your organization and your community. If there is one thing that is resoundingly clear, it is that ARMA’s success in the recycling programs we have been administering for the province for the last 30 years is not only because of the infrastructure we provide to allow Albertans to do the right thing, but because Albertans have been and continue to choose to do the right thing.
Albertans clearly care about their environment and ARMA is here to help them succeed.
I don’t plan for my pieces to be long or to a set schedule, but to be reflective of what I’m watching or noticing myself in this space that often has me thinking about things in different ways or asking questions in my mind. And it is in this space of curiosity and question that often sparks ideas.
Our future without waste is a bright and promising one as there has never been a time before the present where we’re seeing social will in action to do the right thing when it comes to living the 5Rs – refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose, recycle – but also a time where technology and innovation are demonstrating in tangible ways how a zero-waste future is now within reach while also being an economic engine.
And as we contemplate the next 30 years, it’s about harnessing the power of our past to create innovative solutions of the future.
CEO of Alberta Recycling Management Authority