What is a Solid Waste Management Plan?
A Solid Waste Management Plan is the long-term vision for garbage and recycling and presents the programs, services, infrastructure and policies that guide the design and implementation of solid waste in the Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) region.
Solid Waste Management Plans are mandated by the Province through the Environment Management Act for all regional districts to complete, and a 10 year renewal is suggested by the Ministry to ensure that the plan reflects best practices and the evolving realities of solid waste.
As communities, regulations and public needs change, CSWM adapts to meet the evolving environment through the delivery of effective, cost efficient and convenient services. CSWM operates recycling depots, transfer stations and landfills across the Comox Valley and Strathcona Regional Districts. . Each community in the service area is unique as are the solid waste services provided in order to meet their needs. To improve upon the services offered, the CSWM is undertaking a renewal of the Solid Waste Management Plan over the next few years.
What Does a Renewal Mean to Me?
The purpose of a plan renewal is to connect with residents and communities to ensure the services and programs offered align with changing needs.
What is the Goal?
The goal is to produce less waste. The annual waste disposal rate in the service area is just above the BC average, between 510 and 543 kg/person. We need to continue to work towards achieving the provincial target of 350 kg/person per year. This is accomplished through small actions taken by an entire community or large initiatives undertaken by CSWM. Every small action taken reduces our waste.
How to get involved?
Applications are now being accepted for the Regional Solid Waste Advisory Committee (RSWAC) until December 9, 2022. A public technical advisory committee will act as a representative of community interests and will provide advice to the Comox Strathcona Waste Management Board. The committee membership will be selected to represent a broad sector of those interested in solid waste management in our communities, individuals and organizations. More information on the RSWAC can be found here.
How to Weigh In?
The survey is now closed.
Our first step is to measure how we’re doing right now. Thank you to those who took 10-15 minutes to tell us about your experiences with recycling and waste disposal. The winner of the $100 gift certificate to one of two ReStore locations with Habitat for Humanity Vancouver Island North will be contacted to redeem their prize.
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