New Sustainable Waste Management program unique in Ontario

City of Kawartha Lakes, ON (Nov. 10, 2016) – Fleming College’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences is launching a Sustainable Waste Management program, the only college program in Ontario that is focused on building advanced knowledge and skills in this sector.

Sustainable Waste Management is a two-semester graduate certificate program that will be delivered at Fleming’s Frost Campus in Lindsay, Ont. Through the program, students will learn to develop and implement waste management plans and strategies to reduce, reuse and repurpose waste. While the program focuses on solid waste management, it does include components that address hazardous waste management.

Incoming students are required to have an undergraduate degree or diploma in science, engineering, biology, ecology, environmental studies/sciences, GIS, or other related fields.

Course work will include projects with community partners. And students will gain further hands-on experience via 160 hours of field placement that will enable them to network with those in the industry and explore interests in the field.

Potential careers for graduates include working as a waste diversion specialist, waste management specialist/technician, recycling program coordinator, industrial waste reduction coordinator, waste reduction education program officer or a sustainability manager.

Fleming developed the program in response to a shift in waste management practices with a focus on waste as a resource. This includes the new Waste-Free Ontario Act, passed in 2016, which makes producers responsible for their waste management and diversion.

“We are excited to add this new program to our post-graduate certificate offerings at the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences,” said Linda Skilton, Principal of Frost Campus and Dean of the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. “The need for this program has been identified by our industry partners and endorsed by professionals who are currently working in this field. We expect that this program will be in high demand and meet the needs of both current and future employers.”

For more information about Fleming’s Sustainable Waste Management program, visit:

About Fleming College
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 100 full-time programs in Arts and Heritage, Business, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, General Arts and Sciences, Health and Wellness, Justice and Community Development, Skilled Trades and Technology, and Continuing Education. Fleming College has more than 5,800 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and 71,000 alumni.


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