EVENT DATE: March 12, 2020
TOPIC: City of Kingston Solid Waste Services – Challenges & Opportunities in a Global Waste Industry
Heather Roberts is the Director of the Solid Waste Services Department with the City of Kingston, since 2014, with 10 years’ experience in the municipal solid waste industry. Heather is a graduate from Sir Sandford Fleming College with a Diploma in Environmental Studies, and also has a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.) designation from the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) in 2008.
She started her career in 2005 in the environmental engineering consulting industry but pursued her passion to be a part of municipal government in 2008, accepting an Environmental Technologist position with the Town of Arnprior. In 2010, to advance her career, she joined the City of Kingston in 2010 as the
Gaining successes and leading the department in the right direction, including achieving 60% waste diversion in 2015, three years earlier than the goal set by City Council; Heather was appointed to the Director of Solid Waste Services in early 2018. She is responsible for the overall management of the City’s Integrated Waste Management System, including the delivery of Kingston’s beloved blue/grey box recycling and green bin organic programs; program planning, promotion & education; and the design, construction, operation and maintenance of waste management facilities. In alignment with Council’s Strategic Priorities (2019-2022) to demonstrate leadership on Climate Action, the Solid Waste Services Department priorities include expanding the recycling cart and green bin programs at multi-residential buildings and consulting with the community on the implementation of new waste strategies to achieve Council’s goal of 65% waste diversion by 2025.