Metro Vancouver is responsible for waste reduction, recycling planning, and the operation of a series of solid waste facilities in the region.
Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan (2011) is due for review and we are actively engaging with governments, including Indigenous Nations, government agencies, waste and recycling industry, waste producers, businesses, communities of interest, and Metro Vancouver residents to guide updates to the plan.
Waste Management Today
Metro Vancouver has one of the North America's best recycling rates because of the committed local residents and businesses who work hard to recycle; leading policy in regulatory framework supporting waste diversion; and public and private infrastructure working together to maximize recycling opportunities.
Today the Metro Vancouver region recycles 63% of the waste generated (compared to a North American average of 26.5%) and by reducing, reusing, and recycling, the people of the region have managed to decrease the amount of waste generated by 11% per person since 2010. Even so, we produce 490 kg (0.49 tonnes) of garbage per person per year and there is much work to be done.
The region is guided by its commitment to environmental stewardship and affordable and accessible waste management services. The
Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan (2011) contains goals and objectives for the management of garbage and recyclable materials. The plan was approved by the BC Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in 2011, and is due for an update.
Why Update the Plan?
Provincial guidelines recommend initiating a plan review on or before the 10-year anniversary of the current plan's approval.
Metro Vancouver's current
Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan (2011) established goals and targets for waste reduction and the recovery of materials and energy from waste, and supporting strategies and actions for Metro Vancouver and its member jurisdictions.
Metro Vancouver is updating its solid waste management plan, building on the strengths of the current plan, and identifying opportunities for accelerated waste reduction and diversion while reducing greenhouse gases and promoting a circular economy.
The plan update process is expected to take 2-3 years and will be supported by robust Indigenous and public engagement.
Your Opinion Counts
Metro Vancouver is committed to engaging audiences who may be impacted by or have an interest in the review and update of the solid waste management plan, they will be asked to provide feedback during all phases of engagement. Key examples include:
Government and regulatory agencies, including Indigenous Nations in BC*, provincial and federal governments, member municipalities, adjacent regional districts, crown corporations, airport and port authorities, and health authorities
Waste and recycling industry, including haulers, processors, extended producer responsibility programs, disposal facilities, waste / recycling industry associations, binner community, and reuse / repair organizations
Waste producers, including various sectors such as food service, grocery, construction, tourism, office and property management, real estate, retail, residents, and educational institutions
Industry and business associations, professional associations and academic institutions
Community, environmental and non-profit groups, NGOs, youth and students, and Urban Indigenous Peoples
Metro Vancouver residents
* While Indigenous and Urban Indigenous Peoples will be invited to participate in public engagement activities, a separate Indigenous engagement strategy outlines a government-to-government engagement approach with Indigenous Nations.
The solid waste management plan public engagement program was brought to the Zero Waste Committee GVS&DD Board in November 2021:
* The engagement program is an iterative document and will be adapted and updated with each engagement phase as the solid waste management plan is developed.
Metro Vancouver has formed a Public/Technical Advisory Committee made up of individuals with relevant personal qualities and experience, from a range of backgrounds, who will provide advice and input on the development of an updated solid waste management plan. Learn more.
Public Engagement Phases
Consultation and Engagement Panel