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Welcome to the Ocean Action Page!

In this community you will find the activities, resources, and dialogues between youth across Canada and around the world - who have collaborated to make a difference in their communities, their schools and their countries. With the guidance of expert mentors as well as communicating with each others, youth around the world are taking up the challenge of conservation and impacting the world around them.

Explore through the different initiatives and see how much these incredible young leaders care about their world, their oceans and their communities.

Dear All,

On behalf of Ocean Wise and Return It , we would like to welcome you all to the Closing the Loop on Plastics Youth Dialogue. As some of British Columbia's most innovative schools, we are honoured to have you join in a dialogue over the course of the next six weeks to learn about and engage your communities, local and provincially, in the creation of a vision for the future of zero waste in BC.

The purpose of this program is to build conversations amongst the BC's youth about how they want to see the future of environmental health and sustainability cared for in the province, in order to enact change throughout their local schools, communities, and our cities. This year we will be focusing on the complex and constantly developing subject of Plastics. 

Each week we will explore a different aspect of our environmental challenge. On this interactive platform we will share our results and hear from expert mentors. These inquiries will both challenge and deepen your understanding of this multi-sided environmental issue. By collaboratively contributing to this online classroom,  you will create a dialogue together that will, in turn, become action. 

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To get started, please complete the following pre-activities before our first guest expert on Tuesday October 27, 2020

Creating a Profile in the Virtual Classroom

If you have any questions about the online classroom, please read through the FAQs page 

We will be discussing the use of this space and the purpose of the dialogue more in detail when we first meet. If you have any questions in the meantime you may post them to this discussion forum, and one of the facilitators or your peers will be able to help. 

Welcome to the Closing the Loop on Plastics Youth Dialogue. We can't wait to get started!

Share your experiences and thoughts @OceanWise@OceanWiseEdu#OceanWise and @Return_It

Latest Announcement

Week 1: Ask the expert! What does closing the loop on Plastics look like to CEO, Allen Langford?

Posted by Danika on October 27th, 2020

Allen Langdon

President and CEO, Encorp Pacific (Return-It) 

As the President and CEO of Encorp Pacific (Canada), Allen oversees the most successful used beverage container management program in Canada with a mandate to develop, manage and improve systems to recover used packaging and end-of-life products from consumers and ensure that they are properly recycled and not land-filled or incinerated. Through its collection network consisting of 168 privately owned Return-It depots, 3 Express & GO stations, and 1 Return-It Express Plus location, Encorp Pacific has routinely exceeded a 75% recovery rate for used beverage containers in British Columbia while at the same time developing a collection network that has become the backbone for a number of other recycling programs around the province.

Prior to joining Encorp Pacific, Allen served as the Managing Director for Recycle BC, the first 100% Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program for paper and packaging in North America where industry assumed full financial and managerial responsibility for the residential recycling system.

Allen has extensive experience in sustainability and extended producer responsibility, and previously served as the VP of Sustainability for the Retail Council of Canada and the VP of Environment for the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors, advancing those industries’ responses to a range of complex sustainability issues including climate change, sustainable packaging, EPR programs, and animal welfare.

Start sharing your questions for Mathew Watkins by clicking "post reply" on the discussion thread HERE

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