Tell us About Your Zero Waste Work-in-Progress
We are collecting, compiling, and sharing a brief update from local government and First Nations from across BC to get a snapshot of progress on current zero waste initiatives. There are only 12 mostly-multiple-choice questions. We will keep the survey open in the coming months as a way of bringing as many updates into the poll as possible. Information will be anonymously aggregated.
By completing this survey you are consenting to participate and to having aggregated feedback published on a dashboard open for public viewing.
# of Communities who have taken this survey to September 2021. Thank you!
District of Saanich
Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine
Stz’uminus First Nation
Capital Regional District
Regional District of Nanaimo
Regional District of Central Okanagan
Fraser Valley Regional District
City of North Vancouver
Regional District of Fraser-Fort George
City of Victoria
City of Kamloops
Sunshine Coast Regional District
District of Sechelt
District of Squamish
District of Kitimat
Cariboo Regional District
Bowen Island Municipality
IZWTAG on behalf of member districts
qathet Regional District
Please take time to briefly describe any Zero Waste Initiatives or your future intentions:
> Adding Organics recycling to curb-side collection and multi family buildings
> Continuation and expansion of FoodMesh Food Recovery network, progress Reuse workshops and encourage repair as a behaviour throughout the region. Continue to investigate, research and set policy for Mixed Waste Materials Recovery in the region and the ground work for growing circular economy initiatives with the region and beyond.
> COVID shut down our fair last year and will shut it down again this year so our Zero Waste Initiative is on-hold.
> Do you mean Waste Reduction or Diversion initiatives when stating Zero Waste initiatives? I find Zero Waste Initiatives misleading, albeit good intentioned. We are moving towards having landfill disposal regulations for food waste and paper. This should help with waste reduction (i.e. reduce kk/pp/yr waste disposed) and help increase diversion as well as create usable compost.
> Given our role as an educator and regulator and the limits we have in regards to regulating businesses/sectors or focus will like continue to be in the area of raising awareness, supporting reduce and reuse activity
> Introduction of bylaws: Waste hauler licensing and Mandatory Waste Source Separation
> Major areas of focus on zero waste are reduction of organics in the waste, getting multifamily and ICI all separating organics, and C&D waste reduction. Our Zero Waste Strategy is from 2016, so will likely be updated in the next couple of years. Waste Composition Audits every 2 years are a check in on initiatives and drive some of the specifics and communications.
> Needs to be done we are working with our people to make this a priority , as I said we are very isolated and transportation of waste is a big challenge but need it done as the world today has to be conscious of the growing problem of waste and the environment
> Only funding available is through ISC. We want to cleanup our community. We are re-tooling our recycle program and joining Recycle BC. Thinking of preparing a recycle transfer station for glass batteries etc so our non-mobile community has access to recycling when they don’t have consistent transportation out to the community recycle centers. Funding education and guidance are at issue here. Half the community has transportation, employment, economic and education challenges.
>Our community if finally taking on a curb-side recycling and compost collection program. We are amending our municipal bylaws to help to enforce our new programming. We are really just starting our journey towards “Zero Waste”, which our community has taken on the branding slogan “Way Less Waste, simply sort it”.
> Part of the provincial Love Food Hate Waste program. Constantly working to improve recycling programs
> Promotion of reuse event and repair cafes Looking towards single use plastic bans (bags etc.) but a ways off still
> The City is in the final stages of a Community Climate Action Plan (set to be adopted in Jun 2021). This plan sets specific targets around zero waste and the circular economy. It is expected that the City will develop a zero waste plan in the short term (0-5 years) following the adoption of this plan.
> Under Zero Waste Victoria, multiple initiatives including improving source separation of materials, single-use item policies beyond checkout bags and supporting reusable takeout container programs for the food service sector (to name but a few!!)
> We are dedicated to waste diversion but have not yet created any zero waste initiatives or policy direction for our RD
> We are following behind everyone else, hard to fund Zero Waste Initiatives when we can’t even fund commercial recycling diversion.
> We are updating our management plan and part of that will be our circular economy and 3Rs study
> We carry out a lot of outreach and education programs from the residential sector. Our Zero Waste Coach program is a popular program that supports multi-family buildings and businesses with increasing their diversion. We have recently partnered with Ocean Ambassadors Canada to deliver zero waste education to local businesses. We also support school programs and newcomer to Canada education programs that provide waste reduction outreach. We are in the process of developing a new Environment Strategy of which zero waste will be a component.
> We will begin the development of a Zero Waste Strategy in late 2021. Staff are being hired in sustainability and fleet and waste toco a suite of climate actions – this will be one of them.