Solid Waste Master Plan

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

The City is developing a new Solid Waste Master Plan, to be completed in 2023. The plan will guide how we manage solid waste over the next 30 years. As Ottawa grows and changes, we want to ensure our waste services evolve to meet new needs and challenges. This page will be your hub for updates and opportunities to provide feedback.

Nothing has been decided yet – your input counts!

Managing solid waste is a shared responsibility, and every resident has a part to play. That’s why, over the next two years, we need meaningful conversations with you to help ensure the new Solid Waste Master Plan works for everyone.

If you require assistance or are experiencing technical problems with this page, please contact us at wasteplan@ottawa.ca.

The City is developing a new Solid Waste Master Plan, to be completed in 2023. The plan will guide how we manage solid waste over the next 30 years. As Ottawa grows and changes, we want to ensure our waste services evolve to meet new needs and challenges. This page will be your hub for updates and opportunities to provide feedback.

Nothing has been decided yet – your input counts!

Managing solid waste is a shared responsibility, and every resident has a part to play. That’s why, over the next two years, we need meaningful conversations with you to help ensure the new Solid Waste Master Plan works for everyone.

If you require assistance or are experiencing technical problems with this page, please contact us at wasteplan@ottawa.ca.

  • Engagement Series 2 (“ES2”) has now closed!

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    The City of Ottawa would like to thank all the residents and stakeholders who participated in Engagement Series 2. We heard from over 4,500 residents through the public survey, online dialogue sessions, and focus groups. The feedback received will be used to develop the draft Waste Plan, which will be presented to Committee and Council in Q1 of 2023.

    STAY TUNED: A “What We Learned Report” outlining the results from this round of engagement will be posted this upcoming fall. If the draft Waste Plan is approved by Council, the next round of engagement (ES3) will begin in Q2 of 2023. This engagement series will focus on implementation strategies related to the draft Plan.

    STAY ENGAGED: Subscribe here to get future notifications related to the Solid Waste Master Plan.

    <img> resident holding a bag full of compost.

  • ENGAGEMENT SERIES 2 (“ES2”)

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    Find below links to the two-pagers for background on the engagement series and how the City will use your feedback:


    Public Survey: March 7th – May 8th

    Please note: you do not need to sign up or register through Engage Ottawa to participate in the survey. If you are experiencing technical difficulties with the survey, please contact us at wasteplan@ottawa.ca.

    Do you want to participate in an online survey to provide your input on the Waste Plan options? Survey links and information on the public survey can be found below.

    Is there anything I should read before completing the survey?

    It is recommended to read the survey consultation toolkit.

    Where can I complete the survey?

    UPDATE AS OF MAY 9TH: SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED, LINKS HAVE BEEN DISABLED.

    To complete the survey, choose the language of your choice below:

    • English
    • French
    • Arabic
    • Farsi
    • Nepali
    • Somali
    • Spanish
    • Chinese
    • Anishinaabemowin
    • Inuktitut

    Public Meetings and Discussion Groups:

    Want to join a public discussion group or information session to learn more and provide feedback on the Waste Plan options? Registration links to sign up for the sessions can be found below. All sessions will be facilitated in both English and French.

    REGISTRATION FOR ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS IS NOW OPEN!

    Name of Session Date, Time, Location Session Description Registration Link
    Waste Plan Options: Information Session Monday, March 21
    7:00PM-9:00PM
    Virtual: Zoom
    This information session will allow participants to receive more information on the Waste Plan options that will be found in the public survey. The session will also feature a Q&A period so residents can better understand the Solid Waste Master Plan prior to completing the public survey or participating in other discussion groups.
    CLOSED
    Copy of session presentation here
    Taking the lead: City of Ottawa and partners Thursday, March 24
    7:00PM-9:00PM
    Virtual: Zoom
    This session will focus on how the City of Ottawa and partners can take action to influence and support community strategies, programs, and incentives towards a circular economy.
    CLOSED
    Copy of session presentation here
    Beyond curbside collection: finding further ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle Monday, March 28
    7:00PM-9:00PM
    Virtual: Zoom
    This session will discuss how willing residents are to prioritize the implementation of programs related to reusing, reducing, and recycling. This session will explore the Waste Plan options related to sharing spaces, community reuse events, expansion of the Take It Back! program, food waste reduction strategies, textile waste diversion, temporary drop off depots, and onsite organics.
    CLOSED
    Copy of session presentation here

    Out in the public: Bringing change to public spaces, municipal facilities, and events Thursday, April 7
    7:00PM-9:00PM
    Virtual: Zoom
    This session will explore options related to how and if the City should prioritize the implementation options related to alternate collection containers, recycling in parks and public spaces, guidelines for waste receptacles at events, and improving City facilities to lead by example.
    CLOSED
    Copy of session presentation here

    Options with a Focus on Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Monday, April 11
    7:00PM-9:00PM
    Virtual: Zoom
    This session will focus on the Waste Plan options that relate to reducing green house gas emissions, such as anaerobic digestion (AD), co-digestion, and zero waste City fleet.
    CLOSED
    Copy of session presentation here
    Waste Plan Options: Information Session Wednesday, April 13
    7:00PM-9:00PM
    Virtual: Zoom
    This information session will allow participants to receive more information on the Waste Plan options that will be found in the public survey. The session will also feature a Q&A period so residents can better understand the Solid Waste Master Plan prior to completing the public survey or participating in other discussion groups.
    CLOSED
    Copy of session presentation here
    Let's talk Waste Plan options and Multi-residential properties Tuesday, May 3
    7:00PM-9:00PM
    Virtual: Zoom
    This session focuses on the Waste Plan options related to chute closures, multi-residential building development standards, and increasing participation in the Green Bin program. Multi-residential properties are properties with 6 or more units. This session is open to all residents, tenants, landlords, property managers and staff.
    CLOSED
    Copy of session presentation here
    What to do with the rest? Exploring residual waste technology options
    Thursday, May 5
    7:00-9:00PM
    Virtual: Zoom
    This session will allow participants to better understand and provide input on how far, how fast, and at what cost are residents willing to implement Waste Plan options related to mixed waste processing, mechanical biological treatment, incineration, and emerging technologies to manage non-recyclable and non-compostable waste materials.

    CLOSED
    Copy of session presentation here


    Focus Groups:

    Are you a young person, older adult, racialized resident, a new immigrant, person living with disabilities, or a member of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community? The City of Ottawa is organizing smaller group information sessions to discuss the Solid Waste Master Plan Options. The structure of the focus group will be an information session on the Waste Plan options, a period for question and answers, followed by a small discussion on how the Waste Plan options directly impact your community. If you are a member of this community and would like to attend a focus group, please register below:

    Name of Session Date, Time, Location Registration Link
    Immigrant and BIPOC (racialized residents) focus group Thursday, April 14
    6:00PM-7:30PM
    Virtual: Zoom
    CLOSED
    Persons living with disabilities focus group Wednesday, April 20
    7:00-9:00PM
    Virtual: Zoom
    CLOSED
    Older adults focus group Friday, April 22
    11:00AM-12:30PM
    Virtual: Zoom
    CLOSED
    Youth focus group Thursday, April 28
    5:30PM-7:00PM
    Virtual: Zoom
    CLOSED
    2SLGBTQQIA+ focus group Thursday, April 28
    7:30PM-9:00PM
    Virtual: Zoom
    CLOSED


    Councillor Hosted Engagement Sessions:

    Ward - Councillor Date, Time, and Location Registration Link
    Ward 5 - El-Chantiry
    Ward 6 - Gower
    Ward 9 - Egli
    Ward 23 - Hubley
    Thursday, April 21
    7:00PM-9:00PM
    Virtual: Zoom
    CLOSED
    Ward 14 - McKenney
    Ward 15 - Leiper
    Ward 17 - Menard
    Monday, April 25
    7:00PM-9:00PM
    Virtual: Zoom
    CLOSED
    Ward 4 - Curry
    Ward 10 - Deans
    Ward 16 - Brockington
    Ward 18 - Cloutier
    Monday, May 2
    7:00PM-9:00PM
    Virtual: Zoom
    CLOSED
  • Where we are at and how engagement feedback will be used

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    In 2021 Council approved the plans vision, guiding principles and goals. A long list of options was also developed in 2021 to meet the needs and gaps of the City’s current waste management system. That long list was then evaluated using an approach that looked at the environmental, social and financial considerations of each option. We are now engaging on the resulting short list of options.

    Which Options Made It to the Short List?

    We started with a Long List of Options which were evaluated using a triple bottom line evaluation tool and short-listed. To see which options made it through, and which ones didn't, see Table 4 in the Evaluation Memo.

    How will feedback be used?

    Feedback from the public will be used to help develop a “system” of options that will be included in the draft Waste Plan. This feedback will be considered alongside:

    • input from internal stakeholders at the City.
    • the results of a financial analysis of the options. This will explore how affordable the options are and what the impact could be to Ottawa residents.

    We will also need to consider:

    • any changes to provincial and federal government legislation that could have an impact on how we implement some of the options (for example, the federal government’s single-use plastics ban)
    • any lasting impacts on the waste generation habits of Ottawa’s residents due to COVID-19.
    • the implementation timing of some options may not be as flexible due to contract restrictions, approval process, construction timelines etc.

    Next steps

    • A “What We Learned” report will be developed to outline what was learned through Engagement Series 2 and how feedback will be used.
    • In Q1 2023, staff plan on tabling the draft Waste Plan for Committee and Council’s receipt.
    • Once complete, staff will undertake the third and final Engagement Series for the project, which will include consulting with Councillors, residents and key stakeholders on the proposed final Waste Plan before it is presented to Committee and Council for consideration in Q2 2023.
  • Engagement Series 2: Meet the Person Behind the Screen!

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    Residents of Ottawa, it is a pleasure to connect with you!

    My name is Ashley Cheslock and I am the Outreach and Communications Coordinator leading the City of Ottawa’s Solid Waste Master Plan engagement series! I have worked for the City for the last 10 years in roles ranging from project management to public policy development. I graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Public Administration Bachelors degree and I am currently completing my Masters in Business Administration at the University of Fredericton.

    I am excited to announce that this winter, we will be launching Engagement Series 2. Your feedback and input is what will help the City develop our draft Solid Waste Master Plan so I encourage you to share your experiences, perspectives, and knowledge. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me by email at wasteplan@ottawa.ca. Don't forget to subscribe and stay engaged!

  • Engagement Series 2 Update

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    Engagement Series 2 of the Solid Waste Master Plan will be starting in March 2022 and we can’t wait to hear from you! We will be hosting a variety of themed dialogue sessions, focus groups and an online survey, topics covered include:

    • New and creative ways to avoid, reduce, and reuse waste
    • Multi-residential properties’ green bin use
    • How to improve our recycling programs
    • How we manage garbage and recycling in City parks
    • Role of technology and innovation
    • Financial considerations
    • Turning waste into renewable energy
    • Education and enforcement

    We want to know how far, how fast, and at what cost we should go.

    Engagement will run 5 weeks and we will ask about various Waste Plan options, presented in the Phase 2 report.

    Subscribe to our newsletter for more updates on the project.

  • Thank for your feedback on Curbside Garbage Collection Options

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    We’re bringing you the rest of the Waste Plan options this Winter! We engaged on Curbside Garbage Collection first so that we could focus on these important potential changes that could affect the way your garbage is collected. We are analyzing all of the feedback received and will share a “What We Learned” report later this year.

    Waste Plan options being presented for engagement this Fall include more ideas to encourage diversion of waste from landfill, reduce and reuse waste, improve collection of waste in multi-residential buildings and parks, expand promotion and education ideas, improve the management of food and organics, and much, much more. Check back later this Winter for an update!

  • Curbside Garbage Collection Options - Closed!

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    The survey is now closed, thank you for participating. A “What we Learned Report” will be released later this year, stay tuned! Please join us this Fall when we start engagement on the second phase of the Solid Waste Master Plan.

    Waste Plan options engagement has started and Curbside Garbage Collection Options are up first!

    Complete the survey and/or sign up for a workshop to have a say in how garbage gets collected from your home in the future.

    This survey focuses on just three Waste Plan options to help us increase waste diversion from the landfill. All other Waste Plan options will be presented for engagement in the Fall and will include ideas to reduce and reuse waste, improve collection of waste in multi-residential buildings and parks, improve the management of food and organics, and much, much more!!

    Reducing garbage at the curbside is crucial to help achieve our vision of a Zero Waste Ottawa.

    More than half of what people in Ottawa throw in the garbage could be recycled or composted.

    We know we can do better.

    If we rethink how we collect garbage at the curb, we can reduce emissions, extend the life of the landfill, and turn more waste into new products and resources.

    The options we’re exploring include partial pay-as-you-throw (PAYT), clear garbage bags with material bans and reduced firm item limits.

    You can also explore the purpose of this project, how options were developed and key considerations when it comes to education and enforcement approaches for these options.

    We're on it!

    Thanks to everyone for sending us your questions. We want to make sure we get you the best answer we can and due to the increase in volume, we'll need 5 business days to respond. We're loving these questions so keep them coming!

    Residents requiring accessibility accommodations or paper surveys can contact Elizabeth Cybulski at 613-580-2424 extension 23202.

  • Council approves Zero Waste vision for Solid Waste Master Plan

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    On July 7, 2021, City of Ottawa Council approved the Zero Waste vision presented by Public Works and Environmental Services as a part of the Solid Waste Master Plan Phase 2 Report.

    Opportunities to share your feedback on the Solid Waste Master Plan are coming soon. Sign up for the eNewsletter to stay in the loop on how to participate.

  • Phase 2 Report is Live!

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    The report will be presented to the Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management on June 29, 2021. On July 7, 2021 it will seek Council’s approval on the Waste Plan’s proposed vision, guiding principles and goals. The report will also provide Council members with key information about the City’s future waste management needs. This includes a long list of options to meet those needs, and a technical evaluation tool to assess the options. Wrapping up the report is an overview of what’s next for the SWMP – for example a new engagement series, coming to you this fall.

    If you participated in last year’s public engagement activities and shared your thoughts about the City’s waste management practices, you may be particularly interested in the appended 'As We Heard It' report. The report summarizes the feedback from residents and various stakeholder groups received through surveys and online dialogue sessions, and indicates how it was used to influence the development of the Plan to date.

    Technical documents are provided in the language of production and are translated upon request.

  • Hello!

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link
    supporting image

    My name is Annie and I am very excited to be the newest member of the Solid Waste Master Plan team. I will be the human behind the Engage Ottawa posts and updates you'll see this summer and fall. There's going to be a lot of new content coming to the platform and I hope that you'll enjoy engaging on these next stages of the master plan. You can still reach out to us via email at wasteplan@ottawa.ca or by using the "Question" feature on our page.

Page last updated: 09 May 2022, 01:30 PM