The current Regional Solid Waste Management Plan was approved by the Ministry of Environment in 2008 and after eight years staff recommended that the TNRD initiate a RSWMP review. A plan review follows the steps outlined in the Ministry of Environment’s Solid Waste Management Planning Guidelines (click here to read more).
Changes to Solid Waste Management Planning Guidelines
The MOE has recently proposed changes to the Solid Waste Management Planning Guidelines however the changes do not substantially alter the process, but simply reduce the role of the MOE in the process. The major principles outlined in the guidelines are:
• Promote the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle)
• Maximize beneficial use of waste materials and manage residuals appropriately
• Separate organics and recyclables out of garbage wherever practical
• Establish and enforce disposal bans
• Level playing field within regions for both private and public companies
• Manage tipping fees
2016-18 RSWMP Review Process
Staff recommendeded that a three-committee structure be established for the proposed review and that a consultant be used to facilitate the process. Public consultation is an integral part of the review process and public input will be solicited early in the review process.
The review process was initiated in the second quarter of 2016 and aims to follow the timeline below (see Links for reports):
• Initiate Plan Review June 2016
• Committee Selection Sept 2016
• Select Consultant Oct 2016
• Stage I Report Dec 2016
• Stage II Report Mar 2017
• Draft Report June 2017
• Public Consultation Sept 2017
• Final Report Dec 2017
• Submit to MOE Jan 2018
• MOE Approval June 2018
Phase 1 Public Survey
The TNRD launched an online survey on Feb. 1 to get feedback from residents about their current garbage and recycling services, and what they'd like to see in the future. The survey is open to all residents of the TNRD and its member municipalities and features the chance for anyone who fills it out to be entered into a draw to win one of two prizes -- a $100 VISA card or a home composting kit. Read more about it here.
Physical copies will be available at TNRD libraries, member municipalities' offices or at TNRD waste sites.
Take the survey here
The Public Advisory Committee (PAC), Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the Steering Committee all met for the first time during the week of Feb. 13. The consulting team of Sperling Hansen Associates gave presentations at all 3 meetings, and took questions from the committee members. To see the PowerPoint presentation, click here. The Steering Committee, based on a recommendation from Sperling Hansen Associates, decided to merge the PAC and the TAC into one committee -- the Review Advisory Committee (RAC), which will promote cross-fertilization of ideas and knowledge, and will help generate a plan that is more likely to garner broad community support.