Duncan Bury Biography

Duncan BuryDuncan has a master’s degree from the University of Waterloo, School of Urban and Regional Planning and has worked in the environmental stewardship, producer responsibility and waste diversion fields for over 25 years.

He worked for 15 years with Environment Canada until 2010 when he established Duncan Bury Consulting. During his years with Environment Canada he was the lead on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), waste electronics, product focused pollution prevention strategies, the Environmental Choice Program and the National Packaging Protocol. He led the development of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment’s (CCME) Canada Wide Action Plan on EPR and also managed Canada’s international waste policy interests and obligations under the Basel Convention and the OECD.

He has extensive municipal experience and prior to joining Environment Canada worked in Ottawa for 10 years with the City and the former Regional Municipality on the launch and operation of blue box recycling, leaf and yard waste and backyard composting programs. He also led the preparation of a comprehensive regional waste diversion plan and plans for a municipal waste management and recycling amalgamation strategy. At the same time he was active in the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) and was a member of Ontario’s Waste Reduction Advisory Committee.

He founded and chaired Environment Canada’s biennial series of national workshops on EPR and has been invited to speak at waste management, recycling and product stewardship conventions and meetings both in Canada, the U.S. and overseas. His advice and input on environmental stewardship and waste management issues are widely respected and have been sought at the corporate, governmental, national and international levels.