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.

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    what is the deadline for comments on the SWAP engagement?

    RiverdaleGal asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for your question. We’re gathering feedback until October.

Page last updated: 11 Jan 2023, 01:51 PM