In July 2013, Council adopted a Solid Waste Management Strategy that aims to reduce solid waste management operating costs while working towards Whistler’s goal of zero waste by diverting waste from the landfill. The Solid Waste Management Strategy builds on Whistler 2020, Whistler’s integrated community sustainability plan. Since 2009, the Waste Transfer Station and Compost facility have helped to reduce the amount of waste that Whistler sends to the landfill.
Four key ways the Strategy goals will be achieved are by:
- 1. Establishing performance-based contracts;
- 2. Increasing the capacity of the compost facility;
- 3. Encouraging waste diversion from stratas and commercial settings; and
- 4. Participating in the new provincial MMBC recycling program.
The RMOW continues to work to encourage waste reduction and diversion in Whistler.
In the spring of 2015 the RMOW began a public engagement process in partnership with AWARE, consulting with commercial and strata property managers to understand their organic waste diversion needs.. In September 2017, a new Solid Waste Bylaw was adopted by Council, requiring all commercial and strata properties to separate food and organic scraps and recyclable materials out of landfill waste.
The new bylaw updated key elements of the original Garbage Disposal and Wildlife Attractants bylaw, bringingthe RMOW in line with the Squamish Lillooet Regional District’s (SLRD) long term strategic communications plan to keep recyclables and food scrap organics out of the landfill.
View the Solid Waste Management Strategy
To find out more on how to reduce waste from going to the landfill click here to see the Waste Management and Reduction page.
To view the updated SLRD Waste Management Plan click here