Board Member

The National Zero Waste Council seeks to act collaboratively with business, government and the community, at the national and international level, as an agent of change for waste prevention and reduction in the design, production and use of goods.

RCBC participates as a member of the National Zero Waste Council Management Board, contributing to the Council’s strategic development, business planning and operations.

What We’re Doing

Through cross-sectoral collaboration, the National Zero Waste Council actively seeks out and highlights the best and the brightest ideas to inspire mainstream adoption of circular business models with a focus on material reuse. This also includes smarter product and packaging designs that protect the environment while minimizing costs and creating widespread economic opportunities. By participating in the NZWC, RCBC is able to collaborate with governments, businesses, and NGOs to advance a waste prevention and circular economy agenda that maximizes economic opportunities for progressive innovators – ensuring all materials and products continue to circulate at their highest and best use. A Management Board comprising a Chair, Vice Chair and 28 members at large governs the Council. Through our Executive Director, Lyndsay Poaps, we hold an elected seat for the 2021/2023 term on the management board. RCBC’s focus for our work at the council is moving up the waste hierarchy and pursuing reuse options for the province. RCBC is focused on listening, learning from others and speaking strongly for approaches that move the region up the waste hierarchy, increase diversion rates, and minimize waste generation.

Focus Areas

The National Zero Waste Council brings together organizations to advance waste prevention and the circular economy in Canada.

Waste Prevention

Every year local governments in Canada spend approximately $3.2 billion managing 34 million tonnes of waste, according to Statistics Canada.

Circular Economy

A circular economy is based on the idea that there is no such thing as waste.

Construction & Demolition

The construction industry is the world’s largest consumer of resources and raw materials and is estimated to emit half of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.


Solving the problem of food waste will require collaboration and the collective actions of everyone from farmers, to manufacturers, governments and consumers.


Today’s linear plastics economy represents a loss of economic value and a source of avoidable greenhouse gases.

Product Design & Packaging

Promoting circular economy thinking at the design stage of a product lifecycle facilitates material optimization, waste prevention and reduction before, during, and after use.

Publications from the National Zero Waste Council

National Zero Waste Council Circular Cities Summary (2019)
National Zero Waste Council Circular Economy Business Toolkit (2021)