The Zero Waste Program evolved from the Regional Solid Waste Management Plan which was adopted by the RDKS Board and the BC Minister of Environment in 1995. The implementation of the Plan covers landfill sites, composting, recycling, cost recovery, regulations, public education and more.
RDKS Three Point Zero Waste Strategy
- over 50% of Regional Districts in BC have adopted a Zero Waste target
- the Province of BC supports zero waste through the BC Recycling Regulation, for example, Product Stewardship programs (i.e. beverage containers and TVs) require manufacturers to take responsibility for end of life costs and solutions for their products
- roughly 50% of the waste stream is organic material; the other 50% is product waste - through composting programs and recycling we can actually achieve near zero garbage but this will take time (10 to 20 years is the accepted time period)