To our customers, staff and friends,
During the fall season, we often think about how the year is winding down and what we should be planning for in the early days of the New Year (it’s not so far away – only 45 days from the beginning of next week!). It’s a time for reflection, too, and one of the things that strikes me about 2014 is how much change we are seeing in our industry across North America.
For example, extended producer responsibility (EPR) is gaining traction in all of the provinces and with it comes changes in the chain of relationships from stewards to end-markets. The impact on the way we all do business is undeniable and there’s no doubt the landscape will continue to evolve.
We’re also seeing a shift along the line of waste materials that are taking centre stage. A quarter century ago, recycling of packaging and printed paper was gaining momentum and then collection of household hazardous waste, tires and e-waste moved into the mainstream. Today, the spotlight is turning on food waste – not only how we manage it as waste, but also the tremendous amount of it that is truly wasted as it moves from field to grocery store shelves to households. Estimates are that consumers alone waste 40% of the food they buy. That’s shocking, particularly in light of the millions of people around the world and in our own communities who struggle to feed themselves and their families.
This tragedy of food waste is one of the reasons why Emterra Group has introduced a new initiative under our Community Care™ program. Entitled “Plant-to-Plate”, it provides funding support to Winnipeg Harvest, the largest food bank in Manitoba, to help them expand their Community Gardens Program to feed more children and adults, as well as teach them how to grow food and make healthier food choices. We plan to expand this program to other regions. We’ve included a story about “Plant-to-Plant™” in this issue of ‘Terra Notes, along with other news about our corporate and community care efforts throughout Canada. We hope you enjoy reading our fall issue.
I can’t sign off without expressing my deep appreciation to Ernst & Young on being awarded their Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award for the Energy and Cleantech category. Thank you to EY for that great honour. It is made possible through the ongoing efforts and contributions of our staff and business partners and I am honoured to accept this award on your behalf.
As always, Paulina, Vivian and I thank you for your business and fellowship. We wish everyone a happy holiday season.