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Paul van der Werf

PhD Candidate, Research Associate

Paul was educated at the University of Guelph where he received an undergraduate degree in Environmental Biology and completed a Master's of Science in the department of Land Resource Science. In 2010 he completed a course in Sustainability Planning from the Natural Step. In 2012 he upgraded his waste auditing skills by completing a Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) waste auditing course. He is currently enrolled in the PhD program at Western University's Department of Geography. His research is focusing on methods to reduce the production of food waste.

He is the owner of 2cg (www.2cg.ca), a London based environmental consultancy that focuses on waste management and sustainability planning.

Paul is a recognized waste diversion and organic waste management expert. For the last 22 years he has worked professionally in the waste diversion industry including facility management, working for environmental consultants and finally operating his own consultancy.

He has extensive municipal waste management data collection and analysis expertise. He has completed more than 200 waste composition studies, including residential, ICI, C&D, MHSW and agricultural packaging wastes that has included more than 1,000 days of field sampling. This has included sampling in various venues including curbside, ICI generators, C&D processors and directly at landfill. He has completed this work in almost all provinces and internationally. He has used this data and data collected by others for municipal and other waste management planning purposes. This has included completing or contributing to municipal integrated waste management master plans, waste diversion plans, waste recycling, organic waste strategy development, agricultural packaging waste diversion strategies. Many of these studies have included a long term forecasting component.

From 1993-1999 he operated a variety of composting facilities that used various technologies and that composted a wide array of feedstocks. For the last 20 years he has acted as a consultant to the organic waste industry. In 2014 he completed a 20-year organics report (precursor to a potential provincial strategy) on behalf of the OWMA and RPWCO.

He has played an active role in the development of the organic waste processing industry in Canada. Currently, he is a Board member of the Ontario Waste Management Association and co-chairs their Organics Diversion and Composting Subcommittee.

Paul is a long-time commentator on waste management across the country in his role as contributing editor and columnist for Solid Waste and Recycling Magazine. He has written more than 120 articles.

Educational Background

  • BSc (Honours), Environmental Biology, University of Guelph
  • MSc, Land Resource Science, University of Guelph