Myra J. Hird


Queen's NationalScholar

Director, genera Research Group

School of Environmental Studies

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Queen’s University


Waste Flow

genera Research Group

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The Kingston Waste

Management Survey!


Kerry Rowe’s 30-year research career has significantly advanced the design and construction of landfill barrier systems, earning him the Engineering Institute of Canada’s highest honour.

“It’s a great honour receiving the Sir John Kennedy Medal; it indicates that profession appreciates the impact my research has had on decreasing the environmental impact of waste disposal in landfills,” says Dr. Rowe, a professor and Canada Research Chair in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering and former vice-principal of research at Queen’s. “I am getting recognized as a leader of a team, and the research couldn’t be done without the fantastic work of many different people.”  read more


Prof's extensive research career results in safer landfills

 2012-05-09  Copyright © Queens University News Centre

KINGSTON - Kingston’s garbage bag debate is typical of how we view waste, according to a Queen’s University researcher.

“What’s not being discussed is what waste are we producing. Why are we producing this much and what do we do with it?” said Prof. Myra Hird, director of the genera Research Group.

Council recently approved a bylaw that restricts the number of free bags of garbage to one a week.

There is no limit on recyclable materials.

“These are really downstream discussions. We pay taxes and feel we have the right to do this,” said Hird. “Waste quickly leads to a discussion of people’s rights. A right to consume what we want and when we want and dispose of it when we want. An upstream discussion is why is our culture and our lives so dependent on consuming and discarding?” read more


'Planet is a dumping ground'

By Paul Schliesmann, Kingston Whig-Standard. Tuesday, August 21, 2012 7:37:43 EDT PM

Queen's expert examines Canada's waste future

2012-08-21  Copyright ©  Queens University News Centre

A new research project is surveying the local community and exploring Kingston’s waste management practices in light of the city’s 60 to 70 per cent waste diversion target for 2012. Queen’s researcher Myra Hird (Environmental Studies) has developed an interdisciplinary research project with Kerry Rowe (Civil Engineering), a world expert in landfill engineering. The project is called Canada’s Waste Flow and examines a wide range of waste issues.

“How do we flourish given we will always have waste?” says Dr. Hird. “We need to look at how we can more effectively reduce and reuse first and foremost, and look at technical means of non-diverted waste disposal (energy from waste, bioreactors, landfills) in the context of their total environmental impact and real level of safely that they provide to the public and the environment.”

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  1. ‘Waste, Landfills, and an Environmental Ethics of Vulnerability’,

  2. Ethics and Environment.

  3. ‘Knowing Waste:  Toward an Inhuman Epistemology’, Social Epistemology.

Kerry Rowe receives Diamond Jubilee Medal


Kerry Rowe has recently been named a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a way for Canada to honour Her Majesty for her service to this country and, at the same time, honours significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.  Kerry Rowe is recognized for making award-winning contributions to the investigation of landfill development, soft-ground tunneling and the reinforcement of embankments. Dr. Rowe has provided scientifically justified, environmentally responsible and economically sound solutions.  

Canada’s Waste Flow is an interdisciplinary research project connecting people interested in the topic of waste, to consider landfills and Canada’s waste future.