Audit Confirms Vancouver's First 'Zero-Waste' Event at the VCEC

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - With the completion of a formal audit earlier
this month, the Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo, held November 27 - 29, 2007
at the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre (VCEC), has now been
officially recognized as Vancouver's first audited Zero-Waste event. Carried
out in cooperation with show organizer Messe Frankfurt, this accomplishment
has set a standard that both organizations hope will be recognized and adopted
by other centres and events.
    The objective for the event was to achieve zero waste to landfill by
collecting, separating, and sorting all solid waste produced, including
organics, and ensuring the highest achievable rate of recycling possible with
minimal energy recovery via incineration. The audit was carried out by a third
party and accomplished by sealing trash compactors for the duration of the
event and diverting all waste via enhanced on-site recycling facilities into
roll-off containers, which were supplied to segregate the waste from the
event. Contents were then sorted into various material classes and weighed for
reporting purposes.
    The total weight of waste materials created by the event was 3,391 lbs.
Following the completion of the audit it was concluded that the original
objective of zero waste to landfill was achieved with 13.4% energy recovery,
7.8% organics recovery, and a 78.8% recycling rate.
    "We are really delighted that the audit has confirmed our highest
expectations for the Zero-Waste program because it demonstrates just what can
be done in this regard in the future, and gives us an excellent example that
we can use to encourage other clients to move in the same direction," said
Catherine Wong, VCEC Vice President of Operations. "It will also allow us to
make better use of the enhanced provisions we've put in place for waste
management, such as the increased on-site collection systems."


    Since opening in 1987, the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre has
been British Columbia's flagship convention facility. In fiscal year 2007, the
VCEC hosted 350 events, attracted 745,000 delegate days, and generated more
than $240 million in economic impact for the province of B.C. When its major
expansion completes, the VCEC will offer a combined total of nearly
500,000 square feet (46,450 square metres) of function space and will serve as
the Main Media Centre for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. In
addition to creating more than 6,700 person years of employment during
construction, the expanded VCEC will generate more than 7,500 direct and
indirect full-time jobs once it is completed in 2009.

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For further information: Jeannie Mura, Vancouver Convention & Exhibition
Centre, Ph: (604) 647-7205, Email:,

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