Let's Talk Trash!

Love this place, reduce your waste
For more information:

Marc Sole
Environmental & Utilities Services Technician
T: (604) 894-6371 ext. 236
E: msole@slrd.bc.ca

Status Updates
  • Talk Trash Online Surveys closed - September 20, 2015
Jul 20, 2015
All Areas, District of Squamish, Electoral Area C, Electoral Area D, Resort Municipality of Whistler, Village of Pemberton

This summer the SLRD's Utilities and Environmental Services team took the 2015 draft Solid Waste and Resources Management Plan (SWRMP) to a community near you. These events offered a chance to discuss the regional solid waste plan, learn about regional waste management opportunites and have all of your burning questions about solid waste answered.

Two years in the making, the draft SWRMP Plan is the blueprint for how the region will manage waste and resources for the next 10 years. The Plan proposes reducing landfill-bound waste by one-third (from 525 kg per capita to 350 kg per capita) by 2020. Organics currently comprise around 40% of all waste produced in the region, so the Plan also aims to ensure that 75% of the SLRD population will have easy access to organics recycling by 2020.

Let's Talk Trash - Lillooet, Area A and Area B!

What's proposed for Lillooet and Areas A & B?

  • Establish a Re-Build-It Centre at the Lillooet Landfill for reusable building materials;
  • Consider residential curbside recycling and yard waste collection for Lillooet;
  • Launch a region-wide campaign to reduce food waste;
  • Consider financial incentives to divert yard waste from landfilling (or backyard burning) to the Lillooet composting facility;
  • Develop a region-wide strategy to tackle illegal dumping;
  • Enforce the bylaw that requires commercial waste containers to be bear-proof;
  • Increase awareness of take-back opportunities for products and packaging covered by a stewardship program.

​​Let's Talk Trash, Pemberton and Area C!

What's proposed for Pemberton and Area C?

  • Establishing a Re-Build-It Centre for used building materials;
  • Considering residential curbside garbage, recycling and organics collection for the densely populated Pemberton and surrounding areas (If there is support for a curbside service, it is expected that this may reduce the service requirements of the Pemberton transfer station and its operating costs.);
  • Launching a region-wide campaign to reduce food waste;
  • Developing a region-wide strategy to tackle illegal dumping;
  • Increasing awareness of take-back opportunities for products and packaging covered by stewardship program.

Let's Talk Trash, Whistler!

What's proposed for Whistler?

  • Consideration of a bylaw that will require all commercial and multi-family properties to have 3-stream waste collection (recycling, organic waste and garbage) - the effectiveness of this bylaw will be assessed for potential application throughout the SLRD;
  • The continued export of residual waste (garbage) out of the SLRD to a regulatory compliant landfill until a regional option has been identified;
  • Launch of a region-wide campaign to reduce food waste;
  • Development of a region-wide strategy to tackle illegal dumping;
  • Increasing awareness of take-back opportunities for products and packaging covered by stewardship programs.

Let's Talk Trash, Squamish and Area D

What's proposed for Squamish and Area D?

  • Establishing long-term capacity for garbage disposal in the region is a key consideration of the plan as Whistler currently sends its waste to a privately-owned landfill in Washington State and the Squamish landfill is nearing capacity. In the short-term:
    • the Squamish landfill may expand vertically, with relevant approvals, which would gain an additional 13-14 years of capacity; or
    • the SLRD may consider exporting residual waste (garbage) out of the SLRD to a regulatory compliant, engineered landfill until a regional option has been identified.
  • Launch a region-wide campaign to reduce food waste;
  • Develop a region-wide strategy to tackle illegal dumping;
  • Increase awareness of take-back opportunities for products and packaging covered by stewardship programs. 

The District of Squamish began providing bi-weekly residential curbside organics collection in May 2015 for single family houses and duplexes. Collection will be expanded to include townhouses that receive curbside collection later in 2015.