Solid Waste Action Plan 2022

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We're reviewing our Solid Waste Action Plan to improve how the City manages solid waste.

We've been adding waste to our landfill for the last 24 years and at current disposal rates, it will be full in 34 years. While that may seem like a long time, finding a new landfill site can take decades and cost millions of dollars in land acquisition, permitting, environmental considerations, and development long before it can accept any waste. As Whitehorse experiences significant growth and development, it is vital that we plan accordingly to ensure waste diversion is maximized.

The Solid Waste Action Plan (SWAP) influences how the City manages waste. The SWAP sets diversion targets to maximize the life of our current landfill and support the City goal of Zero Waste. The City's 2013 Solid Waste Action Plan set a goal of 50% diversion by 2015. While we've made improvements to diversion, we still need to make significant changes to reach our goal of 50%. Current diversion in Whitehorse is 33%.
Reducing waste and increasing diversion extends the life of our landfill, improves financial sustainability, and mitigates climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It's estimated that landfill emissions are significantly greater than all of the City's corporate fossil fuel emissions combined.

How to get involved:

We want to hear from you as we plan a path forward to increase diversion! Your feedback helps us identify:

  • Current diversion challenges and barriers to waste reduction, reuse, and recycling;
  • Potential gaps in service;
  • Ideas for new or modified services; and
  • Recommendations for improving waste management across the city.

1. See what we heard from the surveys in the SWAP: What We Heard Report attached in the Further Reading section.

2. Share your ideas. How we can improve waste management? Have you seen something in another city you would like us to consider? Let us know!

3. Have you seen illegal dumping? Know of a trailhead or recreation area where you'd like to see a waste bin? Place a pin on our interactive map!

Our Promise to you:

We will keep you informed, listen to and acknowledge your concerns and preferences, and provide feedback on how public input was considered in our review.

We're reviewing our Solid Waste Action Plan to improve how the City manages solid waste.

We've been adding waste to our landfill for the last 24 years and at current disposal rates, it will be full in 34 years. While that may seem like a long time, finding a new landfill site can take decades and cost millions of dollars in land acquisition, permitting, environmental considerations, and development long before it can accept any waste. As Whitehorse experiences significant growth and development, it is vital that we plan accordingly to ensure waste diversion is maximized.

The Solid Waste Action Plan (SWAP) influences how the City manages waste. The SWAP sets diversion targets to maximize the life of our current landfill and support the City goal of Zero Waste. The City's 2013 Solid Waste Action Plan set a goal of 50% diversion by 2015. While we've made improvements to diversion, we still need to make significant changes to reach our goal of 50%. Current diversion in Whitehorse is 33%.
Reducing waste and increasing diversion extends the life of our landfill, improves financial sustainability, and mitigates climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It's estimated that landfill emissions are significantly greater than all of the City's corporate fossil fuel emissions combined.

How to get involved:

We want to hear from you as we plan a path forward to increase diversion! Your feedback helps us identify:

  • Current diversion challenges and barriers to waste reduction, reuse, and recycling;
  • Potential gaps in service;
  • Ideas for new or modified services; and
  • Recommendations for improving waste management across the city.

1. See what we heard from the surveys in the SWAP: What We Heard Report attached in the Further Reading section.

2. Share your ideas. How we can improve waste management? Have you seen something in another city you would like us to consider? Let us know!

3. Have you seen illegal dumping? Know of a trailhead or recreation area where you'd like to see a waste bin? Place a pin on our interactive map!

Our Promise to you:

We will keep you informed, listen to and acknowledge your concerns and preferences, and provide feedback on how public input was considered in our review.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    This survey is for residents of Whitehorse. It is important that we get an understanding of your knowledge and wants and needs when it comes to waste diversion services. Extending the lifespan of our landfill will benefit all residents by reducing costs and environmental impact. Please help us identify what barriers currently exist and how current services are performing. Survey closes on Sunday, Sept 25 at midnight.

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    Multi-unit housing is one portion of the industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sector. ICI sources generate roughly half of all waste in Whitehorse. Improving diversion in this sector is integral to help us reach our diversion goals. We want to know what the current barriers to participation and diversion are within your property in order to improve programs and services in this sector. Survey closes on Sunday, Sept 25 at midnight.

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    Construction and demolition (C&D) waste accounts for roughly one third of all landfilled waste in Whitehorse. We want to learn more about the current barriers to waste diversion and what services would support this sector to divert C&D materials such as cardboard, clean wood, and metals for recycling. Your input will help us improve diversion of these materials from the landfill, saving valuable landfill volume and reducing unsorted waste fees to businesses. Survey closes on Sunday, Sept 25 at midnight. 

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    This survey is for anyone working within the institutional, commercial and industrial (ICI) sectors. ICI sources generate roughly half of all waste in Whitehorse, so we want to know what gaps or barriers to diversion may currently exist in your business. Businesses and institutions (and their employees) have a big role to play in helping us achieve our diversion goals, so help us understand how we can improve diversion opportunities and get closer to our diversion goals! Survey closes on Sunday, Sept 25 at midnight.

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