Solid Waste Master Plan

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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.

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.

  • Engagement Series 2 Update

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    Engagement Series 2 of the Solid Waste Master Plan will be starting end of January/beginning of February 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.

    Dialogue sessions will have themes and registration will begin on January 31st.

    Subscribe to our newsletter for more updates on the project.

  • Thank for your feedback on Curbside Garbage Collection Options

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    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!

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    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

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    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!

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    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!

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    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.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

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    by Cathryne Lillian Milburn (City of Ottawa),
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    Find the answers to some of your frequently asked questions here.

    What is a Solid Waste Master Plan?

    A City’s Solid Waste Master Plan helps us anticipate and respond to future waste-management needs. It ensures the City operates a fiscally responsible, socially accepted and environmentally conscious waste-management system.

    Why do we need a Solid Waste Master Plan in Ottawa?

    Over the next 30 years, Ottawa’s population will grow by almost 50 percent, an increase of an estimated 400,000. Ottawa’s plan will ensure that waste is managed in the most sustainable way possible. It will give our residents and businesses the options and alternatives they need to make better waste-management choices.

    What will be in the Solid Waste Master Plan?

    The plan will outline approaches to increase both curbside and multi-residential waste diversion. It will cover a variety of waste-management policies and include strategies for:

    • waste prevention and reuse
    • regulation of the waste industry
    • resource recovery
    • residual management

    The plan will also consider the City’s role within the wider context of what’s happening provincially, federally and globally on such issues as:

    • the shift to a circular economy
    • individual producer responsibility for products and packaging
    • reliance on single-use plastics

  • Questions about the Solid Waste Plan

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    by Cathryne Lillian Milburn (City of Ottawa),
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    Do you have a question about the Solid Waste Plan? Ask them using our question and answer tool here.

  • Why is the Waste Plan needed and what are the key considerations?

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    by Cathryne Lillian Milburn (City of Ottawa),

    What is a Solid Waste Master Plan? Why is it needed in Ottawa? What are the key considerations for the Waste Plan? Read on to find out.

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  • What will be included and how will it be developed?

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    by Cathryne Lillian Milburn (City of Ottawa),

    The Solid Waste Master Plan (Waste Plan) will establish a planning framework and strategic direction for the management of waste from:


    • Curbside residential
    • Multi-residential
    • Parks and public spaces
    • City facilities
    • Partner programs and other non-City waste

    The Waste Plan will examine the limited life span of the Trail Waste Facility, how the City collects and processes waste and how it will continue to increase diversion rates. It will also look at broader policy issues like single-use plastics, alternative technologies, greenhouse gas emissions and circular economy programs like green procurement. Funding mechanisms and legislative tools and instruments will also be examined.

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