Waste Management and Reduction

Whistler has a mission to achieve zero waste. As a community with strong sustainability goals, organizations across the community have been working together to improve the ways in which waste material is managed. Updates to the Solid Waste Bylaw by the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) now require all properties to separate all recyclable material, and food scraps and organics from garbage.

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is committed to diverting waste from the landfill. To continue to move Whistler towards its goal of zero waste, we need support from residents, visitors, public organizations and businesses.

Whistler is located in the Squamish Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) which manages solid waste for the region. In British Columbia, regional districts are required by the Environmental Management Act to develop solid waste management plans. The SLRD's solid waste management plan seeks to reduce the region's per capita waste by 67 per cent (from 1990s levels) with the overall goal of zero waste from the region.  The RMOW Waste Management Strategy  aims to reduce solid waste management operating costs while working towards Whistler’s goal of zero waste by diverting waste from the landfill. 

Commercial and Strata Property Bylaw Update

In recognition that some properties will need help adapting to the updated waste regulations, a series of workshops are being offered to help people prepare. The workshops will provide:

  • A brief overview of the RMOW’s revised Solid Waste Bylaw
  • Practical guidance on updating shared waste storage spaces in Commercial and Multi-Family Accommodation properties – from building and retro-fitting garbage rooms to access and signage.
  • Key steps to take to ensure unit occupants use new waste systems successfully – from engaging long-term residents and short-term visitors to training staff and monitoring waste within a business.
  • Access to a wide-range of free guides and tools to take away and use following the workshop.

Please click on the green button below that best matches with your property type to register.

The one-hour workshops will be packed with practical guidance. There will also be time following the workshop to connect with AWARE and RMOW staff regarding questions related to specific property management issues.

May 2017 Organics Diversion Presentation

Organics Diversion FAQs

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