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2023 Grassroots & Student Application Information

Each year, the CWMA Board provides a limited number of Grassroots & Student Conference Registration opportunities for delegates from organizations that depend on grants and donations to operate, or from students that are enrolled in full time studies relating to waste management or the environment.

The Grassroots initiative is designed to give smaller organizations, typically non-profit societies or charities that depend on volunteer staff, or those with limited funding such as students, an opportunity to participate in this event.

Applications must be received by September 22, 2023 and will be reviewed by CWMA Board of Directors to determine eligibility.

Grassroots applicants will receive one registration to attend the Coast Waste Management Association conference at the reduced rate of $100.00 (plus GST) for Virtual Registration or $345 (plus GST) for In-Person Registration. Accommodation and travel to and from the event will be the responsibility of the delegate. All applicants will be notified and those that are successful may be called upon to assist with administrative responsibilities during the event.

As this program relies on financial support from our sponsors, the CWMA Board reserves the right to accept or reject any (or all) applications based on the financial support we receive.


Please apply by email to Provide your name, organization, email and telephone number, along with a compelling write-up outlining why you wish to be considered under the Grassroots registration. We are looking for 250 to 400 words.


CWMA has a need for a small number of dedicated event volunteers. Volunteers receive attendance at no cost but are expected to work during their specific hours and be available for planning meetings before the event. The volunteer work may take you away from watching parts of the event (there is no guarantee) but access to the replays will give you the benefit of seeing everything live or virtual. Limited positions available. Email for more info.