Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery Plan
The qathet Regional District updated it’s Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery Plan (SWMP) which was approved by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in 2018. The Plan includes more opportunities to recycle; compost yard, garden and food waste; clean up the former waste incinerator and dump site off Marine Avenue; and build a Resource Recovery Centre (including a waste transfer station) on a portion of the closed Marine Avenue site.
- Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery Plan
- Watch our Video about the Proposed Resource Recovery Centre
What is a Solid Waste Management Plan?
A Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) is a blueprint for how we will reduce, reuse, recycle and manage our waste for the next 10 years and is a requirement for all regional districts by the Provincial Ministry of Environment. An updated plan was completed in 2017 with input from a SWMP Advisory Committee which was made up of community members, local businesses, Catalyst Paper, Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver Island University student body, Sunshine Disposal, Augusta Recyclers, Let’s Talk Trash, Tla’amin Nation, City Council and Regional Board elected representatives, key staff and technical experts.
Thank you to those that participated in the community consultation process on the draft plan. Your input was invaluable in making sure the plan reflects the broad needs and interests of residents and businesses in the Regional District. If you were unable to make it to one of the public events, click here to view the presentation.
What is Included in the Updated 2017 Plan?
- Close the former incinerator site on Marine Avenue and establish a Resource Recovery Centre with a waste transfer station at the site to provide the community with an improved waste management centre and approximately 3 hectares (7.5 acres) of land that can be used for recreation.
- Increase participation in the City and Regional District recycling programs by making operations easier for residents.
- Increase recycling by area businesses through encouragement, education and restricting recyclable materials like cardboard and paper from the garbage.
- Compost more of our yard waste and food waste by having a local drop-off site and curbside collection from homes in the City. To encourage businesses to get involved, restrict the disposal of yard waste and food waste from the garbage.
- Increase the reuse and recycling of waste from construction and demolition projects by offering more recycling and reuse opportunities at the Resource Recovery Centre.
- Progress on the closure of the old Airport landfill and the Squatters Creek dumpsite.
- Develop an Invasive Species Disposal Plan to stop the spread by providing better disposal options.
- Develop a Regional Illegal Dumping Strategy using a collaborative, multi-stakeholder approach.
- Develop a Regional Disaster Debris Management Plan so we are better prepared if there is a major disaster (e.g. flood, earthquake).
These proposed actions could reduce the amount of waste we landfill by one-third and get us closer to our new target.
How Will We Pay for these Improvements?
To pay for the strategies and actions outlined in the SWMP, the Regional District’s annual solid waste management expenditures are expected to increase from $2.3 million in 2017 to $2.9 million over the next 10 years. This increase will largely be funded by tipping fees, however, an increase to taxes is also anticipated.
The recommended financial strategy to pay for the system improvements is a balance of revenue from tipping fees and revenue from taxation – a financially sustainable approach to funding the solid waste management system, while still providing financial incentives for residents and businesses to reduce and recycle their waste. Under this strategy, taxation would pay for fixed costs (e.g. Trash Bash, education, coastal cleanup, RRC asset management) and other services that universally benefit all residents and businesses in the Regional District, while tipping fee revenue would pay for the variable costs associated with disposal and recycling.
Estimated Taxes and Disposal Fees
- Current Electoral Area Residential Tax Rate: $11 per $100,000 of Assessed Value
- In 10 years: Projected Electoral Area Residential Tax Rate: $21 per $100,000 of Assessed Value (an average increase of a $1.00 per year)
- Property owners within the City boundary can expect a similar increase for this service
Solid Waste Disposal Fees
- 2019 Rate: $225 per tonne
- In 10 years: Projected Rate: $260 per tonne
About the 2017 Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery Plan
- Frequently Asked Questions (and the answers!)
- Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery Plan (2017)
About the proposed Resource Recovery Centre (RRC)
- SWMP Update Information Bulletin
- RRC Information Sheet
- Video on the RRC and the Former Incinerator Site
PLAN DEVELOPMENT AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION
The process of updating our SWMP was conducted in three steps. The first step was an assessment of the current system and a report on the implementation status of the 2013 SWMP. The second step was the review of options to address the region’s future solid waste management needs and the selection of preferred options. The final step was a community and stakeholder consultation process to obtain input into the selected options.
Technical Memos and Reports
- Zero Waste Options
- Residual Waste Management Issues and Options
- Regulatory Approaches
- Powell River Transfer Station Site Selection
- Residual System Scenarios, Costs and Recommendations
- Consultation Results
Solid Waste Management Plan Review Advisory Committee Meeting Notes
A Solid Waste Management Plan Review Advisory Committee, which consisted of public, local government and technical representation, worked to provide input into the new SWMP. The advisory committee worked with the consultants to identify options to address the region’s future solid waste management needs, recommend preferred options, and advise on community consultation approaches. Notes from the advisory committee meetings, including presentation materials, are below:
- Meeting 1 advisory committee notes
- Meeting 2 advisory committee notes
- Meeting 3 advisory committee notes
- Meeting 4 advisory committee notes
- Meeting 5 advisory committee notes
- Meeting 6 advisory committee notes; Meeting 6 Solid Waste Facilities Tour Slide Show; Meeting 6 Meeting Presentation
- Meeting 7 advisory committee notes
- Meeting 8 advisory committee notes
- Meeting 9 advisory committee notes