Environmental Services Department Contacts

Rory McKenzie - Director of Environmental Services

Janette Derksen - Deputy Director of Environmental Services

Charlie Sherwood - Environmental Services Operations Supervisor

Elaine Wiebe - Environmental Services Assistant

"North America has 8% of the worlds population, consumes 1/3 of the worlds resources and produces almost half of the worlds non organic garbage."

The primary service administered by the Environmental Services Department is the implementation of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN) Solid Waste Management Plan, which was adopted in late 1997 and is a legally binding document. The Solid Waste Management Plan sets out a strategy for environmentally responsible, cost efficient management of the Regional District's solid waste over a twenty-year time frame.

For more information on the Regional District's Solid Waste Management Plan, download the Solid Waste Management Plan document, or download the Solid Waste Management Plan Review – Stage 1 Report.

Key components of the Solid Waste Management Plan include:

  • Closure of inactive landfills and replacement of services with transfer station facilities. The purpose of transfer stations is to provide a convenient level of service for both municipalities and residents who self-haul their refuse for disposal;
  • The establishment of two sub-regional landfills that meet current operational standards as set by the Provincial Government;
  • Reduction in the amount of waste going to the landfills through the development of a 3R's (reduce, reuse, recycle) program in the Regional District;
  • Safe, environmentally responsible management of the existing waste disposal facilities.


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In 2008, a Waste Composition Study was conducted to take a "snap-shot" of the solid waste disposed by residents, businesses and institutions within the RDBN.

Below is a graph representing the waste composition in the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako. As you can see, much of the waste is Organic Waste, Paper, Glass and Metal – most of which can likely be recycled or composted! If we remove paper alone from the waste stream, 20% less waste would be going to the landfill.



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