Public Consultation For Updating the RDBN Solid Waste Management Plan

We need your input on the future of municipal solid waste management in the region!

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako is asking for public input on the proposed Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) update which lays out the future of municipal solid waste (recycling, organics, and garbage) management in the region. The plan is a blueprint for managing waste for the next 10 years setting the guiding principles, goals, and waste reduction targets for the region.

The RDBN is building on the successes of our first (1996) SWMP which took us from over 20 small and unplanned landfills/dump sites to a network of transfer stations, one small remote landfill, and two sub-regional landfills. The draft 2018 SWMP will further transform the way we manage solid waste by identifying opportunities to reduce the amount of waste we send to the landfill. The draft 2018 SWMP estimates that we could reduce landfill use from 600 kg per person per year to 500 kg per capita per year.

The full plan and supporting documents are available on the RDBN website. Key strategies for the next 10 years include:
  • Expanding access to recycling by partnering with RecycleBC to accept residential packaging and printed paper at all public transfer stations and at the Knockholt sub-regional landfill. Expanding public education and communication to encourage greater use of available residential and commercial recycling services.
  • Future expansion of organics diversion opportunities through partnerships with municipalities and development of infrastructure in RDBN to produce usable soil. Improve the existing backyard composting program.
  • Developing a fair and sustainable way to fund our system. The cost to manage municipal solid waste is projected to increase over the next 10 years, so we need your input on how we pay for the increases

For access to technical memoranda, and the draft 2018 SWMP, please visit rdbn.bc.ca and click on Waste Watchers link or call 1-800-320-3339. Comments on the draft plan may be submitted directly to wastewatchers@rdbn.bc.ca or at the RDBN Office.

* 1. Which area of the RDBN do you live in?

* 2. Please check the descriptions below that best apply to you:

* 3. What is your age category

* 4. What type of home do you have? (check one)

* 5. 1.      What statement best describes your living situation in the region? (check one)

* 6. How do you manage your household solid waste? (check multiple)

* 7. Although the RDBN supports a range of reduction and reuse initiatives through non-profit organizations and at its solid waste facilities, there are currently no programs aimed at reducing the generation of food waste. Do you support RDBN including information about how to reduce food waste in its communication and education programs? (Rate your level of support.)

* 8. Only 50% of households in the RDBN receive curbside garbage collection and even fewer have access to curbside recycling. Access to packaging and paper recycling programs (through Recycle BC) should be expanded to maximize the financial and logistical support offered under this provincial Extended Producer Responsibility program, by increasing the access to recycling services where it is not being provided by existing operators. Do you support the RDBN expanding access to recycling programs by hosting future recycling depots at regional solid waste facilities? (Rate your level of support.)

* 9. The Industry, Commercial and Institutions (ICI) sector is estimated to generate approximately 40% of total materials in the region but is not supported through residential recycling systems despite generating recyclable materials. Do you support the RDBN collaborating with local private and non-profit partners to promote recycling by businesses and institutions? (Rate your level of support.)

* 10. Approximately 38% of the current waste stream is compostable organics (i.e., food scraps, food-soiled paper, yard and garden debris). Although organics diversion for yard and garden debris is currently occurring on a small scale at all of the region’s public access facilities as well as some municipal locations, opportunities exist to expand the amount and type of materials processed through small composting sites in the future. Do you support the RDBN expanding future opportunities to keep organics out of our landfills? (Rate your level of support.)

* 11. Wood waste is collected separately at all facilities and there may be an opportunity to divert this and other construction demolition waste materials if markets are available. Do you support the RDBN expanding opportunities to keep potentially valuable materials out of our landfills? (Rate your level of support.)

* 12. There is currently limited public promotion and education on municipal waste management and waste diversion. Do you support the RDBN increasing communication and public education about solid waste management to better inform the public? (Rate your level of support.)

* 13. Currently property owners pay for solid waste management through taxes no matter the how much garbage they create. This means that some people and businesses might not be paying their fair share. Tying fees to the amount of garbage generated also encourages people to create less waste by reducing, reusing, and recycling. Do you support the RDBN updating our fee structure to be based on the amount of garbage you generate? (Rate your level of support.)

* 14. What is the best way to keep you informed about your garbage and recycling services? (Check all that apply)

* 15. Comments:

* 16. Please include your contact information if you wish to be entered for you chance to win 1 of 4 $25.00 gift certificates.  Thank you for your participation. Public input is key to building a system that runs smoothly and provides the services that RDBN residents need to improve waste management in the RDBN. You can learn more about recycling, composting and garbage in your area at the Regional District’s website: https://www.rdbn.bc.ca/wastewatchers

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