The Environmental Management Act requires that all regional districts prepare and submit a solid waste management plan to the Ministry of Environment. Final plans are approved by the Minister of Environment after sufficient public and stakeholder consultation has taken place. As part of this process, many local governments have developed management strategies that reduce their disposed amount of municipal solid waste. The sequential 5 R pollution prevention hierarchy (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover, Residuals Management) is a useful tool for regional districts to use when looking at opportunities to improve their solid waste management system.
The Guide to Solid Waste Management Planning 2016 (PDF) (Guide) provides advice to aid in plan development that is consistent with legislative requirements. read more >>