The National Zero Waste Council is a leadership initiative bringing together governments, businesses and non-government organizations to advance waste prevention in Canada. Founded by Metro Vancouver in collaboration with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in 2013, the Council has united, among others, five of Canada’s largest metropolitan regions – Metro Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax and Edmonton – with key business and government leaders, academia and non-profit organizations in a call for national action and systems change to address waste generation.
A focus on waste prevention and on cross-sector collaboration uniquely positions the Council as an agent of change driving innovation in the design, production and use of goods in support of a circular economy. In just two short years, the Council has strategically grown its membership and network of partners, undertaken national outreach and engagement, and delivered a first set of “lighthouse” projects through its member-led working groups. With a focus on product design and behaviour change the Council is taking action on the factors that drive waste generation in support of a high quality of life, environmental sustainability and economy prosperity while consuming fewer resources and less energy.