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.

Thank you for participating

Thank you for participating in our extensive engagement process. Based on your feedback, City staff will present the updated Solid Waste Management Master Plan (SWMMP) to Council on April 4, at the Committee of the Whole meeting. The presentation will include two recommendations informed by community engagement: a phased reduction of the most problematic single-use items, and new waste collection standards for the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (IC&I) sector.

You can read our media release for more information.

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 were 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 SWMMP engagement process was the 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.


2021 Solid Waste Management Master Plan: Executive Summary

2021 Solid Waste Management Master Plan

Current State Report: October 2021Future State and Growth Report: November 2021Single-Use Items Strategy, Options & Recommendations Report: November 2021Industrial, Commercial & Institutional Collection Service Standards Report: September 20212014 Solid Waste Management Master Plan

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