This week on Grad Chat: Cassandra Kuyvenhoven: Environmental Studies (PhD Candidate) supervised by Dr Myra Hird
Research Topic:The long-‐distance transportation of municipal solid waste (MSW) in Ontario, with an emphasis on waste originating in Kingston.
Overview of research: Canada is one of the highest producers of waste per capita in the world. In Canada, 34 million tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) is handled by the waste management (WM) industry every year. With many Canadian landfills reaching their approved capacity, Canadian cities are searching for innovative solutions to manage increasing quantities of waste. Although members of the public are most familiar, and primarily concerned, with waste diversion (recycling and disposal issues) the transportation of waste and recyclables is an environmentally significant and understudied part of the Canadian waste stream. As waste disposal becomes increasingly privatized and regionalized, trash is moving over long distances and a