The Ministry of Environment requires all regional districts in British Columbia to have a plan for how their region’s waste will be managed and reduced. The PRRD most recently updated its Regional Solid Waste Management Plan (Plan) in 2016. The current Plan sets out specific waste reduction goals, along with guiding principles to support these goals.
The PRRD has appointed a consulting team to help with reviewing and updating the new regional Plan to better reflect and address emerging local issues. The updated Plan will determine how solid waste and recycling is managed in the Region over the next 15 years.
The Plan review process has just started and two committees – one technical and one with public representation – have been established. These committees will be working together over the next 8 months to provide input into the new Plan.
The first step in the planning process is to look at the current waste management system and identify issues and opportunities that need to be considered in the new plan.
Later in September, residents and businesses will be asked to respond to a survey that will help to identify the most important topics and issues that need to be addressed. Survey responses will help to set the direction of the Plan development.
Once the region’s current waste management systems and hot button topics have been documented, the consulting team and the advisory committees will identify potential options to address the region’s future solid waste management needs. From there a shortlist of preferred initiatives will be brought back to the general community for feedback through a series of community meetings during spring, 2020.
Later in the month of September residents and businesses will have an opportunity to get involved and ‘Talk Trash’.