Solid Waste in the PRRD

Do you want to know more about the Solid Waste and Recycling Programs in the Region?  Well you have found the right place! This section of the website is aimed to provide extra and more detailed information on Solid Waste in the Region.

Multi-Material BC (MMBC)

As of May 19, 2014, there is a new way to recycle at our rural transfer stations!  Businesses that supply packaging and printed paper to BC residents will be responsible for collecting and managing these materials for recycling. Multi-Material BC (MMBC), a non-profit organization working on behalf of these businesses, will be responsible for residential recycling programs in many areas across BC, either directly or by working with local governments, First Nations, private companies and not-for-profit organizations.  The PRRD is working with MMBC to implement this stewardship recycling program at nine of our current rural transfer stations by operating depots and will be incorporated into the new transfer stations that are scheduled for development in the next few years.  

These depots are currently located at the following transfer stations:

  • Buick Creek
  • Cecil Lake
  • Goodlow
  • Kelly Lake
  • Pink Mountain
  • Prespatou
  • Rose Prairie
  • Tomslake
  • Wonowon

Implementing this program changes how recycling has been previously conducted at these sites as recycling is focused on printed paper and packaging.  Through MMBC’s packaging and printed paper recycling program, many BC residents will be able to recycle various types of packaging that are not commonly included in current recycling programs, including milk cartons, foam containers and packaging, plant pots, aluminum foil packaging, certain types of plastic film packaging and drink cups, but will not be able to recycle products that are recyclable like zip lock bags and books, for example.  For a full list of materials that are and are not accepted and for more information you can check out the MMBC website.   

Landfill Gas System

You may ask why does the Region need a Landfill Gas (LFG) system?  Well landfills operate under the authority of a Waste Management Permit that is issued by the Ministry of Environment (MOE).  In 2009, the MOE enacted the Landfill Gas Management Regulation to support local government’s committment to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) by at least 33% below the current levels by 2020.  Within this Regulation, province-wide criteria was established for landfill gas capture from municipal solid waste landfills.  Under this Regulation, the PRRD was required to conduct a gas generation assessment of the North Peace Regional Landfill to determine if a gas management facility needed to be installed at the site.  The PRRD conducted the assessment; it was revealed that the landfill exceeds the 1000 tonnes/year regulatory threshold for methane production, thus requiring the installation of a gas management system by the year 2012.

In December 2014, the Landfill Gas (LFG) System at the North Peace Regional Landfill was commissioned and began operating in March of 2015.  This project took several years to complete and the cost was offset by funding opportunities through the Federal Gas Tax Fund.