Regional Solid Waste Management Plan Review 2017-18




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).

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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 Fall 2016
• Select Consultant Fall 2016
• Public Survey Jan. to Feb. 2017
• Stage I Report Feb. 2017
• Stage II (including Committee meetings/workshops) Feb. to Sept. 2017
• Draft Stage II Report Sept. 2017
• TNRD Board Workshop Oct. 2017
• Community and Stakeholder Public Consultation Oct. 2017 to Jan. 2018
• Final Report Feb. 2018
• Submit to MOE March 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 was open to all residents of the TNRD and its member municipalities, and featured the chance for anyone who filled 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 the results here.

Committee Meetings

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 presentations, click here and here. In order to promote cross-fertilization of ideas and knowledge and help generate a plan that is more likely to garner broad community support, the RSWMP Steering Committee recommended that the PAC and the TAC be merged into one committee -- the Review Advisory Committee (RAC).

RSWMP Review Stage 1 Report

Review Advisory Committee Meetings

In February 2017 the Public Advisory Committee (PAC) and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) were combined into a single Review Advisory Committee (RAC). The Review Advisory Committee (RAC) met for the first time on March 14, 2017. The committee was presented with the results of the Phase 1 survey as well information about Waste Reduction and Diversion Options. See the PowerPoint presentation here. Read the Waste Reduction and Diversion Report here.

The RAC met for a second time on April 18, 2017. The committee was presented with information about Residual Waste Management and a TNRD Landfill Economic Analysis. See the PowerPoint presentation here. Read the report here.

The third RAC meeting took place on May 9, 2017, and featured a discussion about solid waste policies, bylaw and enforcement. See the PowerPoint presentation here. Read the report here.

The meeting was followed by a Solid Waste Facility Field Trip, where committee could see first hand how TNRD Solid Waste facilities operate.

The RAC met for the fifth time on June 14, 2017, to discuss financial implications of changes to Solid Waste Management. Read the report here.  See the PowerPoint presentation here.