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.
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.