Solid Waste Management Master Plan: Give waste a new life

Waste and how we manage it are constantly changing. The City is updating the 2014 Solid Waste Management Master Plan and will be exploring new and innovative ways we can support our growing community’s waste management needs.

The updated Solid Waste Management Master Plan (SWMMP) will provide strategic direction for the next 25 years and will include recommendations that build on Guelph’s leadership in waste minimization and diversion for a sustainable, service-focused and economically viable future.

Starting in the fall of 2019 and continuing to late 2020, the updated plan will provide strategic direction for the next 25 years. We will be examining how new approaches in waste management and consumer trends will shape the future of waste management in Guelph, and how to improve our current waste management system for a more sustainable future.

Your input matters!

Your input is an important part of the master planning process.

View current engagement opportunities on Have Your Say Guelph

Opportunities for you to provide us with your input will include:

  • Open houses
  • Surveys
  • Pop-up events; and
  • Project feedback, information and updates on the Have Your Say Guelph engagement platform

Your input will be reviewed and carefully evaluated prior to submitting the final recommendations report to City Council in the fall of 2020.

Updating the plan

The updated Solid Waste Management Master Plan (SWMMP) will define how our waste management system will support the Guelph community as it grows. A number of important operational, strategic and service-level questions will be explored during the review process:

  • Where are we now in terms of program performance and waste diversion and where do we want to be in the future?
  • How should the City adapt to ongoing legislative changes to waste management, including the transition of full financial and operating responsibility for the Blue Box program to the producers of consumer paper and packaging, starting in 2023.
  • What approach, if any, should the City adopt to eliminate single-use plastics in Guelph?
  • What can the City do to improve and enhance waste reduction and diversion programs?
  • Does our current waste diversion target of 70% by 2021 still make sense?
  • Is it reasonable for the City to deliver waste collection to industrial, institutional and commercial (IC&I) properties?
  • Can we recover costs associated with delivering waste management services in a more equitable manner while still promoting waste diversion? Should the City consider user pay options?
  • Can we improve how waste management services are delivered to downtown businesses in a more effective and efficient way?

An exciting and new feature of the upcoming SWMMP is an opportunity to engage the University of Guelph’s Ideas Congress (ICON) program as an added research support team. The ICON program involves students undertaking directed research and reporting to supplement in-depth investigation of various issues, such as those listed above.


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Email [email protected], subject line SWMMP, to be added to our email distribution list where you’ll get the latest on the SWMMP update progress.