Solid Waste Master Plan

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The City is developing a new Solid Waste Master Plan, to be completed by the end of 2021. 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.

Have your say in-person or online as we consider questions like:

  • How are residents doing when it comes to diverting their waste?
  • What’s working in other cities, and should we do the same things here?
  • How can we get more people recycling and composting in multi-residential communities?
  • How can we get more people to reduce waste and to recycle more?
  • Should we have a zero-waste goal?
  • Can we afford to invest in new technologies to manage waste? Can we afford not to?
  • What can your City government do to build on contributions by the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada?

Join the conversation and ask your questions on Engage Ottawa.

You can also sign-up to receive information about consultation opportunities and updates about the plan.

The City is developing a new Solid Waste Master Plan, to be completed by the end of 2021. 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.

Have your say in-person or online as we consider questions like:

  • How are residents doing when it comes to diverting their waste?
  • What’s working in other cities, and should we do the same things here?
  • How can we get more people recycling and composting in multi-residential communities?
  • How can we get more people to reduce waste and to recycle more?
  • Should we have a zero-waste goal?
  • Can we afford to invest in new technologies to manage waste? Can we afford not to?
  • What can your City government do to build on contributions by the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada?

Join the conversation and ask your questions on Engage Ottawa.

You can also sign-up to receive information about consultation opportunities and updates about the plan.

  • NEW! Online dialogue sessions!

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    24 days ago

    Please join us at one of our upcoming online dialogue sessions.

    These 75-minute facilitated dialogue sessions will be hosted on Zoom and will include participants from various backgrounds, perspectives, and interests. We'll be getting your feedback on the current and desired future state of waste management in Ottawa. This feedback will help to inform the development of options for the Waste Plan.

    Please email wasteplan@ottawa.ca with the date and time that works best for you.

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020

    • Session 1: 10:00 a.m.

    • *Session 2: 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

    • Session 3: 2:00 p.m.

    • Session 4: 7:00 p.m.

    * Please note that Session 2 will focus on the multi-residential domain. It is mainly geared towards residents in multi-residential dwellings and respective stakeholders, but you are most welcome to join if this is of interest to you.

    Please join us at one of our upcoming online dialogue sessions.

    These 75-minute facilitated dialogue sessions will be hosted on Zoom and will include participants from various backgrounds, perspectives, and interests. We'll be getting your feedback on the current and desired future state of waste management in Ottawa. This feedback will help to inform the development of options for the Waste Plan.

    Please email wasteplan@ottawa.ca with the date and time that works best for you.

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020

    • Session 1: 10:00 a.m.

    • *Session 2: 7:00 p.m.

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

    • Session 3: 2:00 p.m.

    • Session 4: 7:00 p.m.

    * Please note that Session 2 will focus on the multi-residential domain. It is mainly geared towards residents in multi-residential dwellings and respective stakeholders, but you are most welcome to join if this is of interest to you.

  • Complete the survey!

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    about 1 month ago

    We want to hear your thoughts and ideas about waste management in the city and what you would like to see in the future! Complete the 10-15 minute survey and help us make the Waste Plan!

    The survey closes on July 7th.

    We want to hear your thoughts and ideas about waste management in the city and what you would like to see in the future! Complete the 10-15 minute survey and help us make the Waste Plan!

    The survey closes on July 7th.

  • Phase 1 Report

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    2 months ago

    The City has completed the first phase of its Solid Waste Master Plan, a 30-year plan that will guide how it manages solid waste. This report provides an overview of waste management in Ottawa and explains what we have been doing in phase one. It also highlights emerging trends in waste management and explains the public engagement approach for the two remaining phases in the master planning process.

    Supporting documents one to five referenced at the end of the report are the ‘Technical Memorandums’ that are posted in the next newsfeed below. The link to supporting document six entitled ‘Stakeholders’ is provided in this newsfeed after the Phase 1 report.

    Phase 1 report

    Document 6 - Stakeholders

    The City has completed the first phase of its Solid Waste Master Plan, a 30-year plan that will guide how it manages solid waste. This report provides an overview of waste management in Ottawa and explains what we have been doing in phase one. It also highlights emerging trends in waste management and explains the public engagement approach for the two remaining phases in the master planning process.

    Supporting documents one to five referenced at the end of the report are the ‘Technical Memorandums’ that are posted in the next newsfeed below. The link to supporting document six entitled ‘Stakeholders’ is provided in this newsfeed after the Phase 1 report.

    Phase 1 report

    Document 6 - Stakeholders

  • Technical Memorandums

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    2 months ago

    During Phase 1 of the Solid Waste Master Plan, a series of technical memorandums were developed to understand and document:

    • the existing waste management system and practices at the City of Ottawa;
    • the current legislative context in which the Waste Plan will be developed;
    • emerging policies and trends in the waste management industry that need to be considered;
    • what programs, services and policies progressive Canadian municipalities have in place; and
    • current and emerging approaches and technologies to collect, process and dispose of municipal waste.

    Due to their technical nature, only the French Executive Summaries are available. The City of Ottawa...

    During Phase 1 of the Solid Waste Master Plan, a series of technical memorandums were developed to understand and document:

    • the existing waste management system and practices at the City of Ottawa;
    • the current legislative context in which the Waste Plan will be developed;
    • emerging policies and trends in the waste management industry that need to be considered;
    • what programs, services and policies progressive Canadian municipalities have in place; and
    • current and emerging approaches and technologies to collect, process and dispose of municipal waste.

    Due to their technical nature, only the French Executive Summaries are available. The City of Ottawa may translate these reports or parts thereof upon request. Please forward your requests to: wasteplan@ottawa.ca

    Current State Summary Document

    The first step in the master planning process was to document the current state of the City’s solid waste management system. The Current State Summary documents the existing baseline waste management system, programs and supporting policies, as well as corporate waste management practices.

    1. Executive summary
    2. Technical memorandum
    3. Appendices

    Legislative Review

    This technical memorandum includes a review of recent federal and provincial solid waste policies, programs and legislation, including an assessment of the potential impacts on the City’s future waste management system.

    1. Executive summary
    2. Technical memorandum

    Emerging Policies and Trends

    Emerging policies and trends in waste management are covered in this technical memorandum, including solid waste management policy and program trends at the municipal, provincial, federal and international levels. It also covers recent consumer, waste generation and packaging trends, as well as trends in the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional sector.

    1. Executive summary
    2. Technical memorandum

    Municipal Scan

    To identify innovative and progressive municipal waste management programs, services and policies in Canada that could be applied to the City’s future waste management system, a comparative scan of eight different municipalities was undertaken. The findings are documented in this technical memorandum.

    1. Executive summary
    2. Technical memorandum

    Technology Review

    This technical memorandum documents the results of a high-level review of different proven and emerging municipal waste management technologies and approaches that could potentially be applicable to the City’s future solid waste management system.

    1. Executive summary
    2. Technical memorandum
  • Frequently Asked Questions

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    5 months ago

    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

    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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    5 months ago

    Do you have a question about the Solid Waste Plan? Ask them using our question and answer tool here.

    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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    2 months ago

    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 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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    2 months ago

    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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    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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  • Current Waste Management System

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    4 months ago

    As the City begins developing its new Solid Waste Master Plan, it is important to provide an understanding of the current waste management system in order to identify opportunities to strengthen the services and programs provided to customers. The information in this document offers insight into waste programs and services offered by the City of Ottawa.

    As the City begins developing its new Solid Waste Master Plan, it is important to provide an understanding of the current waste management system in order to identify opportunities to strengthen the services and programs provided to customers. The information in this document offers insight into waste programs and services offered by the City of Ottawa.

  • The Role of the Federal, Provincial and Municipal Governments

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    4 months ago

    In order to have meaningful conversations about what the City should include in the Solid Waste Master Plan it is important to understand who has a role to play and the specific responsibilities of each level of government.

    What role does the City of Ottawa play in solid waste management? What can be addressed through the Solid Waste Master Plan? What are the current federal and provincial initiatives and how can the actions of municipalities complement these plans and policies?

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    In order to have meaningful conversations about what the City should include in the Solid Waste Master Plan it is important to understand who has a role to play and the specific responsibilities of each level of government.

    What role does the City of Ottawa play in solid waste management? What can be addressed through the Solid Waste Master Plan? What are the current federal and provincial initiatives and how can the actions of municipalities complement these plans and policies?

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