The operating budget of the Metro Vancouver Districts is paid for by six main sources:
These revenue sources support four separate legal entities: the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) is funded primarily through tax requisitions, the Greater Vancouver Sewerage & Drainage District (GVS&DD) through a sewer levy for liquid waste and user fees for the solid waste function, the Greater Vancouver Water District (GVWD) through the sale of water to participating member municipalities, and the Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation (GVHC) through property rentals.
The Local Government Act, Community Charter, Community Charter Bylaw Enforcement Ticket Regulation, Local Government Bylaw Notice Enforcement Act and Offence Act provide the regional district with bylaw enforcement powers. GVRD Regional Parks Regulation Bylaw No. 1048 (2006) sets out the expectations for public behaviour on regional park lands, as well as defines the enforcement powers of a Park Officer. GVRD Bylaw 1048
GVRD Ticket Utilization Bylaw 1050, 2006, as amended, authorizes Park Officers to issue Municipal Ticket Informations and outlines the offences and fines. GVRD Ticket Utilization Bylaw 1050
GVRD Bylaw Notice Bylaw 1117, 2010 authorizes Park Officers to issue Notices of Bylaw Violations, and outlines offences and penalties. GVRD Bylaw 1117
At Annacis Island, approximately 50% of the energy used by the plant is generated from digester gas. At Iona Island, up to 80% of the energy used by the plant is generated from digester gas. Additional energy re-use options are being investigated continuously and those that are economically viable are implemented.
Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Challenge a concerted effort to reduce the growing volume of solid waste in the region and is an integral part of Metro Vancouver’s Solid Waste Management Plan. The Zero Waste Challenge includes initiatives to encourage or require residents and businesses to reduce the amount of waste going in the garbage by creating less waste, recycling more, and reusing all that we can.
Producing no waste at all is something we may never achieve but we can strive to be a world leader in waste reduction and management. Reducing, reusing and recycling materials are collectively called ‘diverting waste’. Currently, our region diverts around 55% of all the solid waste created in our region. The Zero Waste Challenge seeks to consistently make improvements to that diversion rate.
There are two goals:
Waste diversion means diverting materials from disposal in either landfills or waste-to-energy facilities. In terms of Metro Vancouver’s waste management system, this means promoting existing programs and creating new opportunities for residents and businesses to reduce the volume of waste they create while reusing and recycling as much as they can.
One of the first programs of the Zero Waste Challenge was the expansion of the banned materials list and the creation incentives to increase recycling. There are appropriate recycling and disposal options for each item on the banned materials list. Public outreach around waste reduction has also intensified and we’ve developed a new waste-reduction resource, Metro Vancouver Recycles.
After we have removed everything possible from our waste by recycling, composting and reusing, there are processes and facilities that will allow us to recover energy from the residual (remaining) waste. Even after these processes, there will likely remain small volumes that will require disposal.
The Metro Vancouver Board adopted the Zero Waste Challenge in February 15, 2007. At that time, the Zero Waste Challenge consisted of actions such as investigating region-wide food and yard waste composting, increasing the list of recyclable materials banned from the garbage and expanding public education programs. New programs and initiatives to support the Zero Waste Challenge are continually being developed.
Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Challenge homepage has listings of existing reduce, reuse, recycling and safe disposal opportunities for businesses and residents.
Area businesses can take advantage of SmartSteps advisors from Metro Vancouver Sustainable Business Services, who offer sector-specific guides, case studies and personalized assistance.
For information about Metro Vancouver services contact the Information Centre at 604-432-6200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
No. Curb-side collection programs for single family housing continue to be delivered by individual municipalities. As the Zero Waste Challenge progresses there will likely be some improvements to your system, but your municipality will ensure you know well in advance.