VCEC and Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo Stage 'Zero-Waste' Event

    VANCOUVER, Nov. 28 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre
(VCEC) and Messe Frankfurt, organizer of the Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo,
November 27 - 29, 2007, are joining forces to create Vancouver's first audited
Zero-Waste event. The event will help establish sound standards for these
types of events and is intended to encourage other event producers to adopt a
similar approach to waste management.
    Throughout the duration of the event, trash compactors at the centre will
be sealed and all waste diverted to enhanced on-site recycling facilities. A
detailed waste audit will be carried out at the conclusion of the event to
document results and confirm that waste management objectives were met.
    "As the largest and only national trade show in Canada serving the waste,
recycling, and public works markets, we have a commitment to doing our part to
help sustain the environment," said Arnie Gess, CWRE's show manager.
    Demonstrating their commitment to the Zero-Waste program, the show and
the VCEC have increased their on-site collection systems and, at the same
time, are encouraging exhibitors to use recyclable and reusable materials in
their booths and remove all materials they bring in. The VCEC will also use
recyclable and reusable materials and products for all of its food service.
    "This is a logical extension of the direction we have been moving in for
some time in our environmental programs at the centre" said Catherine Wong,
VCEC Vice President of Operations. "We have a range of initiatives that
address everything from waste management and energy conservation to
responsible purchasing, and these practices will be further enhanced by the
capabilities designed into our new expansion. It's particularly important to
us that we move forward with programs that encourage and support our clients
with their own environmental initiatives because, together we can make a big


    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.

For further information:

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

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