Solid Waste / Recycling

Regional Solid Waste Management Plan

Regional Solid Waste Management Plan

The Regional District of Mount Waddington (RDMW) has drafted an Interim Solid Waste Management Plan

To view our RDMW Draft Interim Solid Waste Management Plan Zoom Public Webinar held July 30, 2020 please click HERE

We welcome your input on the plan, you can contact us via email at info@rdmw.bc.ca or through our survey (link below). Feedback on the draft is being received until August 31st, 2020.

RDMW Interim Solid Waste Management Plan Survey

WHAT'S IN THE DRAFT INTERIM PLAN?

The Draft Interim Solid Waste Management Plan is intended to help guide how we reduce, reuse, recycle, compost and dispose of our garbage on the North Island. Although reduction, reuse and recycling are among the most desirable approaches to managing waste, the key focus for the iterim plan is the long-term use of the 7 Mile Landfill and Recycling Centre (7MLRC)

7 MLRC is the cornerstone of the RDMW's waste management system-providing:

  • A regional landfill
  • A consolidation point for take-back programs (for electronics, paint, appliances, etc.),
  • A recycling processing facility and
  • A composting facility for wood waste, yard waste and biosolids

In other words, it plays a critical role in the region's solid waste diversion system as well as being a diposal facility.

Additional land located adjacent to the landfill needs to be acquired from the Province, requiring meaningful consultation with the Kwakiutl First Nation on whose traditional territory the landfill is located, in order for all the above activties to continue. Should this land be acquired, the RDMW will be able to prepare a long-term plan for solid waste management in the region which will look at how we can expand recycling and composting activities.

Through implementing this plan, the RDMW expects to answer three future-defining questions.

1. What is the long-term future of 7 Mile Landfill and Recycling Centre?

2. What will curbside waste collection services look like in the future?

3. How should the RDMW's solid waste services be funded?

Our current system for managing solid waste is working well, so all facilities and programs will be maintained. However, some new programs are proposed, as are some improvements to existing services.

The following summarizes the key actions proposed in the draft interim plan.

REDUCE AND REUSE

  • Support more at-home management of organic waste
  • Implement campaign to encourace a waste minimization mindset, e.g. food waste avoidane, use refillabel water bottles, etc.
  • Promote existing "reuse" services, e.g. rental companies, second hand stores, repair shops
  • Support reuse events
  • Develope a fund to seed local circular economy projects

RECYCLE AND COMPOST

  • Develop a food waste diversion stratgey in association with municipalities and First Nations
  • Increase education and outreach on available recycling services
  • Encourace more recycling of materials like metal and wood by making them a "controlled waste" at RDMW Solid Waste facilities
  • Expanding the types of homes that receive curbside collection services

DISPOSAL

  • Undertake a landfill conformance review to identify if there are any substantial issues associated with the current landfill that may impact the long-term use of the site
  • Obtain approval to aquire the land adjacent to the current landfill that was formerly used by the Province for aggregate extraction
  • Update the site 7 Mile landfill development and operation plan
  • Work with industrial waste generators to identify recycling and reuse solutions for the largest components of their waste (instead of landfilling)

FUTURE STRATEGIES

  • Develop a Food Waste Diversion Strategy in consultation with municipalities and First Nations
  • Collaborate with the municipalities and waste collection service providers to prepare a Collection
  • Strategy that looks at the collection of garbage, recycling and food scraps
  • Collaborate with the municipalities to prepare a Cost Recovery and Fairness Strategy

The RDMW intends to finalize the Interim Solid Waste Management Plan in fall 2020, after incorporating feedback from the public, municipal governments, First Nations and industry stakeholders.

Once finalized, the Plan will implemented over the next 3 years. The cost to implement the plan are expected to increase the annual solid waste budget by 3-5%.

To read or download the draft interim plan, click here. A two-page summary can be accessed by clicking here.

To send us an email with your feedback on the draft interim plan to RSWMP@rdmw.bc.ca.

Or you can write to us at: RSWMP Input, Regional District of Mount Waddington, P.O. Box 729, 2044 McNeill Road, Port McNeil, BC V0N 2R0.

Please provide your feedback before the end of August, 2020.

THE PLANNING PROCESS:

Stage 1:

- Establish SWMP Advisory Committee

- Access Existing System

- Design Consultation Program

Stage 2:

- Identify and assess options

    • Waste minimization
    • Residual Waste Management
    • Other Solid Waste Components
    • Financial Implications

- Draft Plan

Stage 3:

- Obtain community feedback on preferred options

- Finalize plan update

The first phase consisted of the establishment of the Solid Waste Management Plan Advisory Committee, an assessment of the current solid waste management system, a status report on the implementation of the 1996 Plan, and the design of a consultation program to accompany the planning process. The second phase entailed a review of the options to address the region's future solid waste management needs and the selection of preferred options. The third phase is a community and stakeholder consultation process to obtain input on the selected options. Links to all technical reports, adivsory committee meetings and the results of the previous consultation activities are provided here:

Technical Memos

RSWMP Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes

Send us an email to RSWMP@rdmw.bc.ca

  • Write to us at: RSWMP Input, Regional District of Mount Waddington, PO Box 729, 2044 McNeill Road, Port McNeill, BC, V0N 2R0 

  • For the results of the Solid Waste Questionnaire for Residents, please click HERE

  • For the results of the Solid Waste Questionnaire for Management in the Workplace, please click HERE