Regional Solid Waste Management Plan

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Consultation has concluded! The Regional Solid Waste Management Plan was submitted to the Regional Board in July and approved, and then submitted to the Ministry of Environment on July 12, 2021. We thank everyone who took the time to attend a virtual open houses, respond to the survey and followed along with this project.

Dealing with solid waste effectively is extremely challenging in northern British Columbia due to:


Transportation costs
Lack of markets for recycled items and waste products
Illegal dumping

Solid waste includes:

  • everything that residents, businesses and industries put in their recycling boxes and trash cans
  • everything they take to waste transfer stations
  • various kinds of waste that are dumped illegally around the PRRD, some of which is hazardous and is a risk to human health and the environment.

The Ministry of Environment (MOE) requires all regional districts in British Columbia to have a plan for how solid waste will be managed and reduced. The Peace River Regional District's Regional Solid Waste Management Plan (RSWMP) helps us manage waste in the safest and most cost-effective way possible. 

With your help and input, we can create a strong solid waste management plan that addresses emerging local issues and sets out waste reduction goals for the next 15 years. 

Dealing with solid waste effectively is extremely challenging in northern British Columbia due to:


Transportation costs
Lack of markets for recycled items and waste products
Illegal dumping

Solid waste includes:

  • everything that residents, businesses and industries put in their recycling boxes and trash cans
  • everything they take to waste transfer stations
  • various kinds of waste that are dumped illegally around the PRRD, some of which is hazardous and is a risk to human health and the environment.

The Ministry of Environment (MOE) requires all regional districts in British Columbia to have a plan for how solid waste will be managed and reduced. The Peace River Regional District's Regional Solid Waste Management Plan (RSWMP) helps us manage waste in the safest and most cost-effective way possible. 

With your help and input, we can create a strong solid waste management plan that addresses emerging local issues and sets out waste reduction goals for the next 15 years. 

Consultation has concluded! The Regional Solid Waste Management Plan was submitted to the Regional Board in July and approved, and then submitted to the Ministry of Environment on July 12, 2021. We thank everyone who took the time to attend a virtual open houses, respond to the survey and followed along with this project.

  • Project Updates

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    July 19, 2021: Final version of the Regional Solid Waste Management plan submitted to the Ministry of Environment!
    Review the submitted plan here.


    Watch videos on the background and the proposed strategies of the draft plan
    A series of short videos outlining background and potential waste diversion strategies is now available! Watch the videos here


    Watch the virtual open house series now!
    A series of short videos outlining what is being proposed in the RSWMP and potential waste diversion strategies is now available! Watch the videos here


    Virtual open house schedule posted
    16 open houses have been scheduled to inform the public about the strategies of the RSWMP. Find the schedule here


    Survey extended until May 7
    The Talk Trash To Us survey will be open until May 7th to allow us to gather more feedback during the open house process. Find the survey here



    Virtual open houses are coming in April!
    The PRRD will be hosting a series of open houses on the Regional Solid Waste Management plan in mid-April.



    March 3, 2021: Less than 9 days to enter the prize draw!
    Make sure to enter the prize draw by completing the RSWMP survey here



    Survey Opens: February 1st, 2021

  • Project History

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    In August 2019 the PRRD began the process of updating its Regional Solid Waste Management Plan (RSWMP). The PRRD appointed a consulting team, Morrison Hershfield (MH), to help with reviewing and updating the new RSWMP.

    In September 2019 residents and business were asked to participate in a survey that helped to identify the most important topics and issues to be addressed. The survey results will help to identify gaps in the current system.

    In November 2019 the PRRD recruited members for a Public and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC). PTAC, in-conjunction with Committee of the Whole provided feedback and opinions on the development of the RSWMP. Both Committees reviewed reports from MH and provided feedback to help guide the direction of the new RSWMP.

    There were four meetings:

    • Review of current solid waste system (November 2019)
    • Waste diversion and recycling options (January 2020)
    • Energy recovery and residual waste management options (February 2020)
    • System financing and other solid waste services (April 2020)

    In August 2020 the Draft RSWMP was presented to PTAC, in December the Regional Board approved the Draft RSWMP for public consultation.