Solid Waste Management Plan

The NCRD is currently in the planning stages of updating the regions Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP). Updating the SWMP was identified as a high priority by the Board of Directors under the Environment and Climate Change portion of the 2019-2022 NCRD Strategic Plan. The current SWMP was adopted for the region in 1996, and since then the region and its solid waste needs have changed, thus the need to have an updated SWMP that reflects this.

The objectives of updating the SWMP are to:

  • Improve operational and financial efficiencies of the NCRD waste management system;

  • Assist users to improve their participation in waste segregation and diversion programs;

  • Continue monitoring new and upgraded solid waste management facilities and services;

  • Maintain and improve relationships with larger waste generators;

  • Improve compliance with existing product stewardship programs; and

  • Expand service delivery to rural communities.

Currently the NCRD is in step 1 of 4 of updating the NCRD SWMP. The four steps of updating the solid waste management plan are:

  • Initiate the planning process: notifying member municipalities, First Nations, and the public of the plan to update the plan and begin consultation on proposed amendments;

  • Set the plan direction;

  • Evaluate options; and

  • Prepare and adopt the plan.

A Public and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) has been established for SWMP update, and a Terms of Reference has been adopted. The purpose of the PTAC is to provide input on the development of the SWMP from a variety of perspective. The NCRD is looking to have PTAC members represent a diverse background of both interests and geographic locations. The target membership for the PTAC includes:

  • Two representatives from the NCRD Board;

  •  Appointed local, provincial, and federal government representatives, which may include:

    • Council-appointed staff or delegates from member municipalities;

    • Council-appointed staff or delegates from First Nations communities;

    • Council-appointed staff or delegates from neighbouring regional districts;

    • Staff from provincial agencies;

    • Staff from federal agencies;

  • Volunteer members of the public from each electoral area and member municipality;

  • Volunteer members of the public representing relevant community interests (up to 10), which may include:

    • Private sector waste management service providers;

    • Non-profit groups with an interest in solid waste management;

    • Large industrial, commercial, and institutional solid waste generators; and

    • Business associations.

Those who are interested in becoming a member of the PTAC are invited to read the terms of reference for full details of the responsibilities of being a member of the PTAC entails and to fill out an application (please note that membership is subject to the approval of the NCRD Board of Directors).

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