Waste Diversion - Residential

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.

A Board appointed committee oversees the implementation of this Plan - to follow their work see the Plan Monitoring Advisory Committee (PMAC) Resources page.
 
More than Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle, a Zero Waste approach emphasizes a closed loop system for all materials that are produced or used by our economy and lifestyle. It emphasizes designing for the environment at the manufacturing level to make sure all products can be recycled back into the economy and back into nature. 
 
Quick Facts
  • Several  Regional Districts in BC have adopted a Zero Waste target.
  • Each British Columbian, on average, disposes of over 600 kg of waste each year.
  • Your garbage consist of roughly 40% organics.  Organics collection is planned for the Terrace area in 2015-2016.
  • 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)
  • See More about MMBC (May 2014) - A Provincial Stewardship Program launched in some parts of BC
  • Enhanced Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs, including Multi-Material British Columbia (MMBC)