By: Mj Waste Solutions  09-12-2011
Keywords: Recycling, Waste Management, Waste

Waste Composition Studies

MJ Waste Solutions has extensive experience in the design and implementation of solid waste composition studies.  In recent years we have designed and implemented several unique studies for clients such as the Greater Vancouver Regional District, Teekay Shipping Inc., Telus Communications Inc., Mountain Equipment Co-op, BC Institute of Technology, Trinity Western University and VanCity.  For more information, please visit the clients section.

Waste Diversion / Recycling Programs

Zero Waste Planning


International Dialog

Proper Discard Management in the New Millennium, August 2004

Nelson Zero Waste Action Plan, a paper outlining the plan written for the City of Nelson.

First Nations Approaches to Waste Management Web Site


A web site designed for BC First Nation communities to exchange information about solid waste and recycling successes and challenges.

Little Brown Book on Being Green (1993 to 1997). 

A student and staff guide to waste reduction and recycling options on the UBC Campus.

Building A Sustainable Community (1999). 

A student and staff guide to encourage more sustainable behaviours at UBC.


Mary Jean O'Donnell, Principal of MJ Waste Solutions is regarded as an excellent public speaker.  She speaks on most "green" topics with incredible enthusiasm; a few of her key presentations are outlined below.

Zero Waste Action Plan, City of Nelson, Recycling Council of BC, June 2004

This presentation outlines the process that was undertaken to work with the Nelson community to develop the Zero Waste Action Plan.

Green Business Benchmarking, Recycling Council of BC, June 2003

A presentation to the Recycling Council of BC Conference on the economic and environmental benefits of benchmarking waste diversion programs.

BC Stewardship Programs - Hong Kong Delegation, Environment Canada, Apr. 2001

A presentation to the Hong Kong Solid Waste Department on BC's Stewardship Programs.

EcoFriendly Approaches to Waste Mgmt - RCBC Conference, May 2000

A presentation on the waste reduction and recycling project for First Nations' Emergency Services Society and the Department of Indian Affairs & Northern Development (DIAND).

Effective Waste Reduction and Recycling Programs - DIAND, Spring/Summer 1999

A series of presentations to First Nation communities on starting and maintaining successful waste reduction and recycling programs.

Scavengers, Friend or Foe? - Recycling Council of BC Annual Conference, June 1998

A presentation on the impacts of scavenging on blue box recycling programs.

Waste Free UBC - Recycling Council of BC Annual Conference, May 1997

A technical workshop to improve office recycling and waste reduction programs.

Waste Reduction & Recycling Seminar - English Language Institute, 1993 to 1998

Landfill and recycling seminars and tours for students of Waseda University, Tokyo.

UBC's Recycling Program - New Employee Orientation, 1993 to 1998

New employee information sessions on UBC's waste reduction and recycling programs.

University of BC Speakers Bureau - 1993 to 1999

Public presentations on waste reduction, recycling programs and environmental issues.

Community Events

Zero Waste, Is It a Realistic Goal for BC? - October 2000

A one-day roundtable event that brought together entrepreneurs, environmentalists, politicians and policy analysts to discuss Zero Waste as a new waste reduction goal for the province of BC.

University of BC Spring Festival - 1998

Spring Festival is a matured version of Environment Days.  Now a one-day event, which includes live music, flower displays, environment fair and campus cleanups.

University of BC Environment Days - 1991 to 1994

Produced four annual environmental fairs for the UBC campus.  Coordinated information tables and displays, arranged for speakers and campus clean-ups.

Keywords: Recycling, solid waste, Waste, Waste Composition, Waste Diversion, Waste Management, waste reduction, Waste Solutions,