Solid Waste Management Plan Update

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The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) has initiated the process to update the region’s Solid Waste Management Plan. This plan will describe how the SCRD will manage garbage, recycling, green waste, and food waste programs for the next 10 years.

Do you want to be more involved? The SCRD is accepting applications for the Public and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) until September 23, 2022. PTAC is a group of local residents that provide input to staff during the Plan update process. More information on PTAC can be found here.


The Project

The SCRD is responsible for waste reduction, recycling planning, and the operation of solid waste facilities in the region.

The SCRD is currently in the planning stages of updating the region's Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) . Updating the SWMP was identified as a priority by the Board of Directors under the Asset Stewardship portion of the 2019-2023 SCRD Board Strategic Plan. The current SWMP was adopted for the region in 2011, and since then the region and its solid waste needs have changed, thus the need to have an updated SWMP that reflects this.

Currently the SCRD is in step 1 of 4 of updating the SCRD SWMP. The four steps of updating the SWMP are:

  1. Initiate the planning process: notifying member municipalities, First Nations, and the public of the plan to update the plan and begin consultation on proposed amendments;
  2. Set the plan direction: identify principles, goals and targets, prepare background information, assess the current solid waste management system, consider trends affecting solid waste management and consult the public;
  3. Evaluate options; and
  4. Prepare and adopt the plan.

On the right side of the page, you will find more information on the project timeline.

Below, click on the different tabs to learn more about the project and ask questions.

To learn more about the 2021 SWMP Amendment process, click here.

Click subscribe at the top of the webpage to receive updates on the project and engagement opportunities. Thank you for participating!

The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) has initiated the process to update the region’s Solid Waste Management Plan. This plan will describe how the SCRD will manage garbage, recycling, green waste, and food waste programs for the next 10 years.

Do you want to be more involved? The SCRD is accepting applications for the Public and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) until September 23, 2022. PTAC is a group of local residents that provide input to staff during the Plan update process. More information on PTAC can be found here.


The Project

The SCRD is responsible for waste reduction, recycling planning, and the operation of solid waste facilities in the region.

The SCRD is currently in the planning stages of updating the region's Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) . Updating the SWMP was identified as a priority by the Board of Directors under the Asset Stewardship portion of the 2019-2023 SCRD Board Strategic Plan. The current SWMP was adopted for the region in 2011, and since then the region and its solid waste needs have changed, thus the need to have an updated SWMP that reflects this.

Currently the SCRD is in step 1 of 4 of updating the SCRD SWMP. The four steps of updating the SWMP are:

  1. Initiate the planning process: notifying member municipalities, First Nations, and the public of the plan to update the plan and begin consultation on proposed amendments;
  2. Set the plan direction: identify principles, goals and targets, prepare background information, assess the current solid waste management system, consider trends affecting solid waste management and consult the public;
  3. Evaluate options; and
  4. Prepare and adopt the plan.

On the right side of the page, you will find more information on the project timeline.

Below, click on the different tabs to learn more about the project and ask questions.

To learn more about the 2021 SWMP Amendment process, click here.

Click subscribe at the top of the webpage to receive updates on the project and engagement opportunities. Thank you for participating!

  • Waste Management Today

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    Local SCRD residents and businesses are working hard to divert waste from the landfill by recycling and compositing. Diverting waste can help reduce the impact of solid waste on the environment.

    Today, the SCRD diverts 57% of the waste generated (compared to the national rate of 28%). Even so, we produce 421 kg (compared to the national rate of 694 kg) of waste per person per year. There is more work we can do to lower our overall waste generation and improve our diversion rate.

    The region is guided by its commitment to environmental stewardship and affordable and accessible waste management services. The SCRD Solid Waste management Plan (2011) contains goals and objectives for the management of garbage and recyclable materials. The plan was approved by the BC Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in 2011, and is due for an update.

  • Why Update the Plan?

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    The Province of BC's Environmental Management Act mandates that regional districts prepare and regularly update SWMPs. A SWMP reflects a long-term vision for how each regional district manages its solid waste, including diversion and disposal.

    The SCRD's current SWMP (2011) established goals and targets for waste reduction, and outlines strategies and actions for the SCRD and its member jurisdictions.

    Since 2011, the Pender Harbour Landfill has closed and the Sechelt Landfill is rapidly approaching capacity and is expected to close by mid-2025. This means the SCRD needs to identify a new long-term disposal option and seek approval from the Province through a SWMP Update.

    The objectives of updating the SWMP are to:

    • Identify a new long-term solid waste disposal option and site;

    • Improve operational and financial efficiencies of the SCRD waste management system;

    • Assist users to improve their participation in waste segregation and diversion programs;

    • Continue monitoring new and upgraded solid waste management facilities and services; and

    • Improve compliance with existing waste stewardship programs.

    The update process is expected to take 2-3 years and will be supported by robust engagement on the guiding principles, targets, programs and services, and a new long-term waste disposal option for the region.

  • Get Involved - Public and Technical Advisory Committee

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    Applications are now open for the Public and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC).

    The purpose of the PTAC is to provide a forum for contribution from residents from a range of backgrounds to inform the review and update of the Solid Waste Management Plan.

    This Committee will play an integral role in guiding the future of solid waste on the Sunshine Coast. A new landfill? Waste export? Reducing illegal dumping? Increasing recycling programs? Bring your ideas to create a “made on the Sunshine Coast” plan with us.

    1. Review the Terms of Reference

    2. Fill out the Application Form

    3. Submit the application to infrastructure@scrd.ca

    Learn more at www.scrd.ca/ptac

Page last updated: 17 Aug 2022, 02:44 PM