Current Research Projects

Current Projects (2021/2022)

  • Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging Waste. Working with a range of both domestic and international stakeholders, we help jurisdictions understand the economic and administrative challenges associated with producer responsibility policy. We advocate for non-prescriptive packaging legislation that gives producers the latitude to develop solutions that make the most sense for their products and the jurisdiction in which they operate
  • Mind the Gap: Exploring the value action gap as it pertains to household behavior and attitudes towards waste management
  • Words Matter: How do we define, measure, quantify and communicate success (as it pertains to waste management)
  • Reduce, Reuse, Rethink – We help stakeholders understand the principles of the waste management hierarchy, and work with them to develop sustainable waste management solutions. Part of our work in this space is educating people that recycling should not be the focal point of waste management policy, and that zero waste and circularity requires a deconceptualizing of how we consume, what we consume and how it is managed at its end of life.
  • Why single use plastics is not a dirty word – This project is devoted to helping stakeholders understand that single use plastics have a vital role to play in a sustainable economy, and why single use plastic bans will cause more harm than good
  • What role can compostable packaging/plastic play in minimizing our reliance on ethylene based consumer packaging?
  • Developing an expanded life cycle analysis framework for evaluating the merits of product packaging
  • Development of Canada’s first national textile diversion program. In collaboration with Diabetes Canada, we are developing a municipal textile diversion strategy to help keep textiles out of landfills, while maximizing social impact.

Personal Interests

1) Evaluating the efficacy of municipal policy instruments used to promote waste diversion

2) Optimizing the recycling system to achieve increased diversion while minimizing material management costs

3) Examining the role of race and ethnicity as antecedents to pro environmental behaviors

4) Encouraging pro environmental behavior among minority and marginalized groups, with a specific examination of how structural inequality manifests itself in impeded access to recycling/waste services.