About the Waste Sorting Bylaw
Studies conducted in 2015 showed that up to 70% of waste in our region destined to landfills is either compostable or recyclable. The goal of the Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) for our region’s six municipalities and eight electoral areas is to divert 90% of waste away from landfills by 2025.
With this target in mind, we adopted the regional waste sorting bylaw to encourage waste generators to sort out compostable organic materials (food waste, yard waste, and food-soiled paper) and recyclables from the garbage.
In summer 2015, we conducted a pre-consultation with 60+ stakeholders representing various sectors and areas of the region. The purpose was to understand how stakeholders preferred to be reached and engaged with in order to make the consultation process meaningful.
Consultation started in the summer of 2016 and concluded in July 2017. Staff met with stakeholders to discuss the proposed sorting requirements for recyclables and compostable organics in collaboration with member municipalities and electoral areas. Stakeholders were asked questions on how and when to roll out education, sorting requirements and enforcement phases, as well as what type of education materials and support is needed to facilitate the process.
The waste sorting bylaw for Waste Wise was created based on feedback received during the consultation process. It was adopted by the Board on Sept 25, 2018, and applies to all areas of our region and all types of waste except for demolition, land-clearing and construction (DLC) waste and hazardous, agricultural, biomedical or liquid waste.
We are now reaching out to sectors that will be affected by the new regional waste sorting requirements and providing resources and information to help everyone comply. We have contracted the Recycling Council of BC to provide assistance to those that need help sorting out their waste, or need more information. The bylaw is effective on April 1st, 2020.