Solid Waste Action Plan Update

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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, we must plan accordingly to maximize waste diversion.

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%.

How to get involved:

We want to hear from you as we plan to increase diversion! Your feedback helps us identify the following:

  • 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 can we 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, we must plan accordingly to maximize waste diversion.

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%.

How to get involved:

We want to hear from you as we plan to increase diversion! Your feedback helps us identify the following:

  • 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 can we 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.

Sign our Guestbook - Enter our prize draw!

Thank you for visiting our project page for the Solid Waste Action Plan update. After exploring our interactive tools such as the surveys, map, and ideas tabs, sign our guest book! Once you sign it, you will be entered into a monthly draw to win one of our Zero Waste prize packs! Our prize packs feature greener alternatives to everyday items to help you and your household reduce your reliance on plastic waste or single use items!

***Be sure to include: Your name and a contact (i.e. phone or email) and we will contact you if your name is drawn!

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GRANCY 6 months ago

Christina Zahar czahar@gmail.com

Lola 6 months ago

While residential and consumer efforts are important, work must also be done for the industrial and commercial sector. For residential diversion, allow more frequent hazardous waste drop off times and have more frequent "clean-up" times when residents can drop big or bulky items more easily. Sometimes I think items get dumped in the bush because it's not convenient or too expensive. I'd prefer to see a fee at purchase rather than at disposal to hopefully help reduce that. Or perhaps a deposit system, similar to refundable drink containers. Pay $100 at purchase for a fridge, get back $75 when disposed of correctly.

Caleigh 6 months ago

The people who are against things being more expensive are often the most vocal. I just wanted to put my name forward as someone who is delighted to pay more for more! Please, charge me money to manage my waste well!!!! Katie Avery, 647-209-0274, averykatie@hotmail.com

Katievry 7 months ago
Page last updated: 11 Jan 2023, 01:51 PM