2008 Solid Waste Management Master Plan

Master plan sets path for waste management

The 2008 Solid Waste Management Master Plan (SWMMP) set a path to achieve new waste minimization, diversion and disposal targets, identified both short- and long-term programs designed to achieve the targets, and provided an estimate of the extent to which each component moves the City towards achieving the overall goals.

Key recommendations

  • Introduce more aggressive waste minimization initiatives, such as the adoption of a Zero Waste philosophy, the promotion of waste minimization legislation at the Provincial and Federal level, development of a green purchasing policy for the City, and a plastic film reduction program.
  • Assess opportunities for future multi-residential recycling program development in the city
  • Investigate opportunities to develop a drop-off reuse facility
  • Look at centralized waste and recycling collection in parks and public spaces
  • Mandate recycling and composting with special event permits
  • Redevelop promotion and education materials to strengthen commitment from the community
  • Assess opportunities to recycle construction and demolition waste
  • Review and revise list of recyclable materials to achieve high performance recycling
  • Explore municipal partnerships for waste disposal options

Waste diversion targets

The Master Plan identifies waste diversion targets in three phases:

  • 55% by 2011
  • 65% by 2016
  • 70% by 2021

Environmental impacts

The Integrated Waste Management Model (IWM)—which allows municipalities to assess the environmental impact of current or proposed residential waste management practices—indicates that the new programs outlined in the SWMMP will save the equivalent electricity required to power 954,241 homes per year, compared to the status quo of equivalent electricity required to power 196,931 homes per year though the City’s current programs.

Solid Waste Management Master Plan

Executive Summary Solid Waste Management Master Plan