Solid Waste Basics – Virtual Training


Course Date:  Tuesday, March 7, 2023
Time: 08:30 AM – 12:30 PM PST
SWANA members – $75
Non-members – $85

Completion of the training course will provide 4 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s)

This course will be delivered online using the Zoom platform. You will require a computer with video camera and internet connection. If you are taking this training course for CEU’s, you will be required to be visible during the training.
Options PriceQuantityTotal
SWANA Member $75.00 $75.00
Non-member $85.00 $85.00
SKU: N/A Category:



This is a live, online ‘virtual’ course offering.

This training is entitled to 4 continuing education units (CEU’s) upon completion.


The Solid Waste Basics training course provides a general overview of the systems in place to manage Municipal Solid Waste (MSW).

Who Should Attend?

The Solid Waste Basics training course is intended for those new to the industry, curious about getting into the industry, and those who work in related fields and would like to better understand waste management. As it is an entry level course, it does not require any prior knowledge of solid waste.

Course Content

This ½ day course will provide a general overview of integrated solid waste management. Lectures, group discussion and exercises will be used to cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)
    • What it is and isn’t
    • Sources, amounts and composition of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)
  • Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) from homes and businesses: collection, transfer and recovery
    • Collecting Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) for disposal
    • Collecting and processing recyclables
    • Collecting and processing organics
  • Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) from construction and demolition: collection, transfer and recovery
    • Collection, prevention and disposal of construction and demolition waste
  • Planning and Public Education
    • Food scraps
    • Clothing waste
    • Illegal dumping
    • Asbestos
    • Hazardous household waste (HHW)


  • Marcel Pitre – Division Manager, Metro Vancouver  Marcel Pitre is a professional engineer with 20 years of experience in a variety of civil and environmental engineering endeavors. He has been working at Metro Vancouver for over 12 years principally in the solid waste and recycling field. Currently the Division Manager for Policy and Facility Development in Metro Vancouver’s Solid Waste Services, he is responsible for new facility implementation and developing the utility’s operating and capital budget strategies. Prior to joining Metro Vancouver, Marcel had worked as a night shift gas station clerk, bartender, plumber, touring musician and a most recently, a consulting engineer. Since 2008, he has taught solid waste management at the BC Institute of Technology as a part-time instructor. He is a registered Professional Engineer in BC.
  • Andrew Marr – Director of Solid Waste Planning, Metro Vancouver  Originally trained in Chemical Engineering from the University of BC, Andrew Marr has worked as an environmental engineer with Metro Vancouver for nearly 31 years,. That time was mostly in solid waste but with some years in water, liquid waste and environmental management. Until his retirement in early 2022, he was a registered Professional Engineer (Environmental) and the Director of Solid Waste Planning, overseeing a group of engineers, planners, and others to implement the 3Rs activities in the region’s solid waste master plans. This includes the policies (e.g. regional disposal bans and regulations, input into provincial and national waste reduction and recycling policies) and programs (e.g. input to regional public education and behaviour change campaigns, interfacing with provincial EPR programs, participation in Canada-wide waste programs such as co-chairing a Plastics Advisory Panel for the National Zero Waste Council). Prior to joining Metro Vancouver, Andrew spent 7 years in the private sector in rechargeable battery R&D, and in hazardous waste management. From 2004 to 2021 he also taught waste reduction and recycling technology at the BC Institute of Technology. His spare time interests include hiking, travel, martial arts. and swing dancing.


Event Details

Date: March 07, 2023

Start time: 08:30 a.m. PST

End time: 12:30 p.m. PST

Venue: Live Online via Zoom

Directions: Login information will be emailed to registrants prior to March 1, 2023.