Waste & Recycling

Overview of Resource Recovery in the RDCK

The RDCK covers a large geographical area and resource recovery services are divided into three sub-regions. Each sub-region reflects the needs of the local communities. Resource recovery services include waste handling facilities, community recycling depots, materials recovery and public education. There are four landfills in the RDCK, 12 transfer stations and 26 recycling depots.

The goal of resource recovery is to educate people to produce less waste and to encourage healthier environments. This can be achieved by following Zero Waste guidelines, think less waste! Reducing, Reusing, Recycling, Recovering and Returning refundable materials all make waste reduction a success.

Resource Recovery Facilities Regulatory Bylaw

The Resource Recovery Facilities Regulatory Bylaw was adopted in 2011 and clarifies disposal policies.  This Bylaw reaffirms the RDCK's commitment to implementing best practices in waste management and has the following general objectives:

  • To define material types and waste categories
  • To outline site regulations governing public use of Resource Recovery Facilities
  • To clearly outline restrictions on Prohibited and Controlled waste materials
  • To provide for penalties from contravention of the Bylaw
  • To set fees for waste disposal and recyclable materials.

The current Bylaw No. 2524 can be viewed HERE.

Resource Recovery Plan

Regional Districts are required under provincial regulations to develop a Solid Waste Management Plan. In the RDCK, to reflect our focus on waste reduction and reuse, this plan is referred to as the 'Resource Recovery Plan'.

The RDCK is currently updating its Resource Recovery Plan, which was approved by the BC Ministry of Environment in December 2011. The new plan sets the course for regional waste management activities over the next several years, and will include strategies for organics management, facility upgrading, public communications / outreach, curbside recycling expansion, ICI, CRD, and multi-family recycling, and product stewardship product collection.

Resource Recovery Plan 2011
Resource Recovery Plan - Consultation Report
Resource Recovery Plan - Capital Project Implementation Project
Resource Recovery Plan - Landfill Consolidation & Waste Transfer System Financial Modeling
Resource Recovery Plan - Organics Management Strategy
Resource Recovery Plan - 2010 Progress Report

Resource Recovery Plan Advisory Committee

In order to promote a higher level of public involvement in the Resource Recovery Plan implementation process the RDCK has established an Advisory Committee. Committee members have been appointed however the general public are encouraged to participate in the Resource Recovery Plan implementation process by attending RRPAC meetings. Committee membership is not required to attend meetings.

The RDCK is accepting applications to sit on the Advisory Committee.  Members will be appointed for a 2 year term commencing May 1, 2017.  Applications will be accepted until the end of business on Friday, March 31, 2017.

Membership Application Form
RRPAC Terms of Reference

The content on this page was last updated March 27 2017 at 10:54 AM