2018 Solid Waste Management Plan - October 2018

1996 SWMP

  • 1996 SWMP
  • Goals from 1996 SWMP (what the plan intended to do)
    • “The overall goal of the plan is to provide for the most environmentally safe and economically feasible method of managing our solid waste”
    • Administration - 30% reduction by the year 2000 – main components of diversion are reduction and reuse education, recycling and composting programs.
    • Reduction and Reuse - To reduce and reuse the amount of waste generated as much as practically possible
    • Recycling
    • Composting
    • Residual Management
    • Problem Wastes –wood waste, hazard waste, camp waste.
  • What was achieved from the 1996 SWMP?
    • Closure of inactive landfills; Vanderhoof Landfill, Fort St. James Landfill, Fraser Lake Landfill, Fort Fraser Landfill, Ootsa Lake Landfill, Burns Lake Landfill, Granisle Landfill, Smithers Landing Landfill, Old Smithers Landfill, Smithers/Telkwa Landfill, Endako Landfill, Cluculz Lake Landfill, Francois Lake, Grassy Plains Landfill, Southbank Landfill, Tatalrose Landfill, Topley Landing Landfill, Topley Landfill, Perow Landfill, Palling Landfill and Houston Landfill.
    • The replacement of services with transfer stations to provide a convenient level of service for both municipalities and residents who self haul their refuse for disposal.
      • Current Tranfer Stations are: Smithers/Telkwa, Burns Lake, Granisle, Southside, Area “D”, Vanderhoof and Fort St. James.
    • The establishment of two sub-regional landfills that meet current operational standards as set by the Provincial Government.
      • Current Landfills are: Knockholt Landfill (Western Sub-regional located near Houston), Clearview Landfill (Eastern Sub-regional located on Hwy. 27), Manson Creek Landfill (Secondary landfill near Germenson Landing).
    • Implementation of a User fee Bylaw for Solid Waste Disposal (Appliances containing Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS), Construction/Demolition and Land Clearing Waste, Contaminated Soils)
    • Construction of the Liquid Waste Management System for the Burns Lake Landfill (Wetland treatment system)
    • Construction of a 80 foot weigh scale facility at each of the sub regional landfills.
    • 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.
    • Backyard composting program.

Updated SWMP:

What will the next SWMP contain (what is the aim or what is the RD focus)?

  • A review process will assess the current solid waste management system that will include a summary of the current system, provide an overview of the anticipated developments and trends in the industry, identify gaps and opportunities within the system, and will provide the basis to develop guiding principles, goals, and targets. Options will be identified to address the gaps and opportunities and support the RDBN to achieve improved waste reduction and diversion.
  • The RDBN would like to investigate opportunities to divert and reduce more waste from the regional landfills, and;
    • Investigate and promote the possibility of regional or small scale composting
    • Will address the option of a balance between user-pay and taxation system to fund the management of solid waste, and;
  • Developing collaborative partnerships with interested parties to achieve regional targets set in the plan.
  • Development of First Nations relations in the solid waste management planning stages as some servicing agreements may impact the regional solid waste management system.