Over the last two years, the SLRD has been in the process of updating the Regional Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan - a blueprint for how we reduce, reuse, recycle and manage our waste for the next ten years.
This draft plan has been developed with input from technical experts, members of a region-wide community advisory committee, staff and elected leaders. Now, we need your input to help us make decisions about how we can best reduce and manage our garbage and recycling in Squamish & 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.