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1.3.1

Develop the Waste Management Master Plan including the evaluation of alternative disposal technologies (e.g., energy from waste) and considering additional materials for recycling.

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Final Update (September 2014)
A new Waste Management Master Plan (WMMP) was undertaken to document the current status of the Region’s waste management practices, programs, operations and facilities. The Plan was approved by Council in November 2013, and provides projections of future diversion rates, residual waste generation volumes, and establishes a preferred waste management strategy that is aligned with the current planning, regulatory and technical context. The preferred strategy targets three primary and complementary areas of focus, and includes the following recommended actions:

Diversion

  • Consideration of curbside collection policy changes to increase diversion (e.g. bag limits, biweekly garbage collection, standardized Regional residential waste collection), and consider “user pay” options (e.g. bag tags). - Sue White to provide further details

Residual Waste Management

  • Further investigate thermal technology options. A study to examine‎ the feasibility of implementing thermal treatment with energy recovery is currently underway, with a targeted completion date of Q2 2015.
  • Continued pursuit of opportunities with the Water Services Division to maximize inherent synergies for processing and disposal of residual waste and biosolids.

Planning

  • Adopted a waste hierarchy that includes “Recovery” as the 4th R and consideration recovery of energy and resources above waste disposal.
  • Established an inter-municipal working group to explore potential partnership opportunities for both diversion and residual waste management.

Progress Update (September 2013)

Status unchanged.

Progress Update (January 2013)

A new Waste Management Master Plan (WMMP) is being developed to:

  • Document the current status of the Region's waste management practices, programs, operations and facilities;
  • Provide projections of future diversion rates and residual waste generation volumes, and;
  • Establish a preferred waste management strategy that is aligned with the current planning, regulatory and technical context.

The primary objective is to prepare a new WMMP that will recommend appropriate post-diversion residual waste management strategies that are:

  • Environmentally sustainable;
  • Economically viable;
  • Economically, socially and environmentally advantageous to the Region;
  • Flexible in nature to adapt to changing legislative and regulatory environments, and;
  • Able to be maintained in the long-term.

In accordance with the recommendations contained in E-10-073 (June 22, 2010) regarding the proposed WMMP, the following technologies and alternatives shall be considered, at a minimum:

  • Conventional incineration with heat recovery;
  • Plasma reduction (eg. Plasco pilot plant in Ottawa);
  • Advanced shredding with mechanical sorting and separation of residuals;
  • Continued incremental approach to diversion by targeting individual materials;
  • Co-process green bin organic material with biosolids; and
  • Process green bin organics at a Region-owned plant.

Progress Indicators

  •    Upon completion of the study, implementation of the finalized master plan.

Related Links

 

greenindicator   Strong progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (PDF)
yellowindicator   Moderate progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (RTF)
redindicator   Progress needed   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (Flash)