Solid Waste Master Plan

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The City is developing a new Solid Waste Master Plan, to be completed in early 2024. 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.

Managing solid waste is a shared responsibility, and every resident has a part to play. That’s why, 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 early 2024. 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.

Managing solid waste is a shared responsibility, and every resident has a part to play. That’s why, 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 3: Public Open-House and Information Sessions 

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    Engagement Series 3: Public Open-Houses and Virtual Information Sessions

    Join us at a public open-house or virtual information session to learn more, ask questions and provide feedback on the Draft Waste Plan.  Registration links to sign up for the virtual sessions can be found below. All sessions will be facilitated in English. 

    The sessions will include opportunities for residents to ask questions about the draft Waste Plan and learn how earlier feedback from the public helped to shape the plan. 

    The Draft Waste Plan Executive Summary provides a condensed overview of the plan's main points. It includes information on why and how the Waste Plan was developed, the recommended Actions in the plan and the potential impacts of those Actions.

    For a short description of each of the 50 Waste Plan actions please visit Solid Waste Master Plan 50 Actions Summary

    Take the survey to have your say on the Draft Waste Plan! Your feedback will help inform Council’s decision on the final Waste Plan.

    Engagement Series 3 Survey: English

    Engagement Series 3 Survey: French

    Engagement Series 3 Survey: Spanish

    Engagement Series 3 Survey: Arabic

    Engagement Series 3 Survey: Simplified Chinese

    If a resident does not have access to the internet to complete the survey, or would like additional support filling out the survey, contact the Waste Plan team by phone 613-580-2400 at extension 25550.



    Information session discussions will be on the Waste Plan’s five areas of focus: 

    • Reduction and reuse of waste

    • Recycling

    • Waste and energy recovery, and the management of waste that remains after recyclable waste has been separated. 

    • Operational advancements 

    • Fostering a zero-waste culture across the city


    Engagement Series 3: Virtual Information Sessions


    Name of Session

    Date, Time, Location

    Session Description

    Registration Link


    Draft Waste Plan: Virtual Information Session


    Thursday, February 29 
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm 
    Virtual: ZOOM 


    This virtual information session will allow participants to learn about the Draft Waste Plan and how feedback was included from the previous engagement series. The session will also feature a Q&A period and a chance to share feedback on the Draft Waste Plan.




      


    Draft Waste Plan: Virtual Information Session 


    Wednesday, March 6 
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm   
    Virtual: ZOOM 


    This virtual information session will allow participants to learn about the Draft Waste Plan and how feedback was included from the previous engagement series. The session will also feature a Q&A period and a chance to share feedback on the Draft Waste Plan.




    Should a resident require any accommodation to fully participate in a virtual information session, please e-mail wasteplan@ottawa.ca
    or by telephone 613-580-2400 at extension 25550.



    Engagement Series 3: In-person Open-House Sessions

      

    Name of Session

    Date, Time, Location

    Session Description

    Registration Information


    Draft Waste Plan: Open-House


    Thursday, February 15: Open-House Nepean Sportsplex: Richmond Ballroom
    7 pm to 9 pm 


    This drop-in session will allow participants to learn about the Draft Waste Plan and how feedback was included from the previous engagement series. The session also offers the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback to the Waste Plan team.


    Drop-in event, pre-registration is not required.


    Draft Waste Plan: Open-House

      


    Friday, February 23: Open-House Cardel Recreation Complex: Main Hall
    7 pm to 9pm 


    This drop-in session will allow participants to learn about the Draft Waste Plan and how feedback was included from the previous engagement series. The session also offers the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback to the Waste Plan team.


    Drop-in event, pre-registration is not required


    Draft Waste Plan: Open-House


    Monday, February 26: Open-House Tom Brown Arena: 7 pm to 9 pm 

    This drop-in session will allow participants to learn about the Draft Waste Plan and how feedback was included from the previous engagement series. The session also offers the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback to the Waste Plan team.

    Drop-in event, pre-registration is not required.

    Draft Waste Plan: Open-House

    Monday, March 4: Open-House Ray Friel Recreation Complex: -Rendez-Vous (Hall D)
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm 

    This drop-in session will allow participants to learn about the Draft Waste Plan and how feedback was included from the previous engagement series. The session also offers the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback to the Waste Plan team.

    Drop-in event, pre-registration is not required

      

    Equity and inclusivity 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 virtual focus groups to discuss the Draft Solid Waste Master Plan.  

    The structure of the virtual focus group will be a presentation on the Draft Waste Plan, a period for feedback, questions and answers, followed by a small discussion on how the Draft Waste Plan directly impacts the community.  

    If you are a member of this community and would like to attend a virtual focus group or receive information in another language, please contact wasteplan@ottawa.ca  


    REMINDER!

    Take the survey to have your say on the Draft Waste Plan! Your feedback will help inform Council’s decision on the final Waste Plan.


    Engagement Series 3 Survey: English

    Engagement Series 3 Survey: French

    Engagement Series 3 Survey: Spanish

    Engagement Series 3 Survey: Arabic

    Engagement Series 3 Survey: Simplified Chinese


    If a resident does not have access to the internet to complete the survey, contact the Waste Plan team by phone 613-580-2400 at extension 25550.


  • Council received the Draft Solid Waste Master Plan (SWMP) and approved the 2024 Solid Waste Services budget

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    On December 6th, Council received the Draft Solid Waste Master Plan (SWMP) and approved the 2024 Solid Waste Services budget. The budget includes items to support the ongoing implementation of the Curbside Diversion Policy and the Multi-residential Diversion Strategy, two component projects of the SWMP that were advanced early to increase the diversion rate of household organics and recyclables.

    The next step in the SWMP process is Engagement Series 3 which will be held virtually and in-person in Q1 2024.

    Council also approved the recommendations to initiate the Environmental Assessment process for the Trail Waste Facility Landfill (TWFL) expansion and provided direction to begin the feasibility study for Waste-to-Energy Incineration and Mixed Waste Processing.

    The expansion of the landfill (within its current footprint) will extend the life of this asset while providing time for the recommended SWMP reduction and diversion actions to reduce waste going to landfill, which will extend the life of the facility even further providing time for City Council to make a decision and implement the City’s next solution.

    The Waste-to-Energy and Mixed Waste Processing feasibility study will examine the differing opportunities and pros and cons of each technology compared to traditional landfilling. The study will examine the technologies in the Ottawa context and analyze their social, environmental and financial implications. The results of the feasibility study and business case will be used to help choose the most sustainable, long-term residual garbage management option for the City.

  • Update on the SWMP: Committee approves investments in climate priorities and waste diversion

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    November 21, 2023

    The City’s Environment and Climate Change Committee approved its portion of Draft Budget 2024, including investments that support a green and resilient city by preparing for more extreme weather, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting greenspace, trees and waterways. This budget also invests in core services that residents rely on every day, such as water services and waste collection.

    The Committee received the Draft Solid Waste Master Plan, which sets out proposed actions to sustainably manage waste over the next 30 years and extend the life of the Trail Road landfill by approximately 14 years. These actions include:

    • Reducing waste, reusing and recycling
    • Diverting 30 per cent of waste to private landfills
    • Expanding the landfill within its existing footprint
    • Banning industrial and commercial waste from the landfill

    The City would also explore long-term solutions, such as anaerobic digestion for organic waste, waste-to-energy incineration to reduce waste going to the landfill, and mixed waste processing to mechanically separate divertible materials from collected garbage. Following this report, the City will begin a third round of public engagement to support the development of the final waste plan, to be brought to Council in Q2 2024.

    To help extend the life of the City’s landfill, the Committee approved beginning the environmental assessment process required by the Province to permit the expansion of the landfill within existing property boundaries. Between the approval process and construction, this process can take anywhere from 10 to 15 years. Beginning as soon as possible would ensure waste can be managed without interruption for Ottawa residents and give the City more time to plan its next waste disposal solution.

    The City would continue to invest in sustainable waste management, including:

    • $4.5 million to continue developing and implementing the Solid Waste Master Plan and related projects
    • $28 million to support operations and improvements at the Trail Waste Facility landfill, including expanding its gas collection system

    Items approved at this meeting will rise to Council on Wednesday, December 6.

  • Draft Solid Waste Master Plan report now posted

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    Today, staff held a technical briefing to share an overview of the Draft Solid Waste Master Plan with Council ahead of the report going to the Environment and Climate Change Committee on November 21, 2023 and Council on December 6, 2023.

    The report is now available to the public, and the links to view the report and its support documents are posted below:

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank residents, stakeholders and members of Council for your ongoing engagement throughout the development of this plan and look forward to continuing our discussions in advance of tabling the Final Solid Waste Master Plan in 2024!

  • Environmental Assessment Process for the Expansion of the Trail Waste Facility Landfill report now posted

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    As noted during the technical briefing on the Draft Solid Waste Master Plan today, staff will be tabling a report alongside the Draft Solid Waste Master Plan to seek Council’s direction to initiate the development of the Terms of Reference for the environmental assessment process to expand the capacity of the Trail Waste Facility Landfill (TWFL) within its existing boundaries. This would kick off the Environmental Assessment which is needed in order to expand and if approved would provide the City with additional runway to implement the strategies outlined in the Solid Waste Master Plan.

    The report is now available to the public, and the links to view the report and its support documents are posted below:

  • Key Dates for the Solid Waste Master Plan

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    We are excited to share that we are approaching an exciting milestone for the development of the Solid Waste Master Plan! The key legislative dates for the tabling of the Draft Solid Waste Master Plan (SWMP) for Council’s information.

    The dates are as follows:

    You are all welcome to tune in to watch or listen to meetings in progress or access the video or audio of past meetings on YouTube or access them on the agendas and minutes web portal.

    A quick note that while the Technical Briefing will be live streamed for public access, questions are reserved for member of Councillors and the media only. Should you wish to speak at Committee, you must sign up as a delegation For more information on attending and/or being a delegation at the Committee meeting on November 21, please visit: https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/council-committees-and-boards/get-involved-local-government#


    Next steps to finalize the Solid Waste Master Plan

    Your engagement and feedback has been instrumental in developing the draft Waste Plan, and seeking your feedback is not complete. Following Council’s receipt of Draft SWMP, staff will embark on the third and final round of engagement for the Solid Waste Master Plan’s development – Engagement Series 3. This engagement series will focus on informing stakeholders and the public of what the Draft SWMP entails, how stakeholder feedback from Engagement Series 1 and 2 has been integrated into the SWMP’s development so far and will provide an opportunity for residents and stakeholders to ask questions of staff and provide comments and feedback on the Draft SWMP before the tabling of the Final Solid Waste Master Plan in Q2 2024.

    Engagement Series 3 will begin with a stakeholder sounding board meeting following Council’s receipt of the Draft Solid Waste Master Plan and public engagement will then begin mid-January and into February. A series of in-person public open houses across the city as well as virtual sessions will take place. Staff will also meet individually with all members of Council to seek their feedback on behalf of their residents and the input will be considered in the Final SWMP.

  • Circular Economy Month: Repair Café

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    Throw it away? No way! In honour of Circular Economy Month, the City of Ottawa is sponsoring a free Repair Café on Saturday, October 14 at City Hall (Jean Pigott Place), 110 Laurier Avenue West. Repair Cafés are an international concept with the goal of reducing landfill waste, teaching new skills, and building community!

    This event is hosted by the Ottawa Tool Library. Volunteers will be ready to help repair your items and share their expertise around everything from darning socks to re-wiring kettles.

    Come and learn more about the Ottawa Tool Library and waste reduction, while saving an item from the landfill! Visit ottawa.ca/wastereduction for more.

  • Curbside collections report and new green bin video

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    In addition to discussing the 2026 Residential Curbside Collection Contract report, during this morning’s Environment and Climate Change Committee, our team had the pleasure of launching our new green bin video. The video can be found at Ottawa.ca/wastevideos, along with our recycling and garbage videos.

  • Welcome to the new Councillor Sponsors Group

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    The Solid Waste Planning Council Sponsors Group (CSG) provides vital strategic input, feedback, advice, and guidance to staff in developing and implementing the Solid Waste Master Plan (Waste Plan), as well as other key Solid Waste planning files previously classified as component projects to the Waste Plan.


    The CSG represents the public and ensures staff are aware of current thinking and concerns of the community as it pertains to Solid Waste planning projects in addition to acting as Council-experts on various Solid Waste planning files, advocating for the work being done to better Ottawa’s waste management system.

    Membership
    The Solid Waste Planning Council Sponsors Group are made up of the following members:

    • Chair, Environment and Climate Change Committee; Councillor Menard
    • Vice Chair, Environment and Climate Change Committee; Councillor Carr
    • Councillor(s) able to provide rural, urban and suburban representation; Councillor Gower, Councillor Kelly, Councillor Johnson
    • A designate from the Mayor’s Office; Scott Moffat, Robyn Guest

    The Councillor Sponsors Group is supported by Long-Term and Program Planning, Solid Waste Services, as well as City staff including City Manager’s office who facilitate meetings and lead work on key Solid Waste planning files.

    Further background

    On July 10, 2019, Council considered the staff report titled, “Solid Waste Master Plan Roadmap” and approved the establishment of a Council Sponsors Group to work with staff on the development of the Solid Waste Master Plan through each phase, as described in the report.

    The Sponsors Group reviewed and provided input/feedback on the project plan and detailed timeline, on specific areas for inclusion in reports, on the draft consultation plan, on the draft vision statement, guiding principles, goals and targets prior to consultation, on the proposed options analysis prior to consultation, as well as on the draft and final recommended Plans.

    The Public Works Department recommended the re-establishment of the Sponsors Group for this term of Council, to work with staff on the next steps in the Solid Waste Master Plan.

    The motion was passed on June 14, 2023 with the first meeting of the re-established CSG on July 18, 2023 at the Trail Road Landfill.

  • Council approves new policy to divert waste from landfill

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    City Council today approved a new policy to reduce unnecessary waste going to landfill, that will work towards meeting provincially mandated diversion targets and increasing participation in recycling and green bin programs.

    The new policy will allow residents to put out three garbage items every two weeks

    • A garbage item can be a garbage bag, a 140-litre container or bulky item. Households can put several smaller bags in containers up to 140 litres.
    • There will continue to be no limit to how much residents can set out through curbside recycling and green bins.

    Currently, 85 per cent of households are setting out three or fewer garbage items bi-weekly; this recommendation focuses on the remaining 15 per cent of Ottawa households and aims to drive up their diversion efforts.

    Staff will look into leveraging its existing Yellow Bag Program to permit residential properties receiving curbside collection flexibility to purchase and set out additional bags. Council also approved a third-party review of its waste-diversion data to ensure staff has the best possible information to support decisions for its Solid Waste Master Plan.

    This policy is part of a multi-pronged approach to reduce the amount of waste requiring disposal and extend the life of the Trail Waste Facility landfill, which could reach capacity in 13 to 15 years. The City will consider medium- and long-term options, including alternative technologies, as part of the draft Solid Waste Master Plan this fall.

    Staff will report back to Council with an implementation and communication plan before the new program begins, no later than Q2 2024. This report will include strategies to address challenges and mitigate risks, and a comprehensive plan to guide residents through the change.

    Council received an update on the transition to the new Provincial Blue Box Program, in which producers will be responsible for collecting and processing recyclable materials from eligible sources. The City will transition to the new program beginning on July 1, 2023, with the transition period ending on December 31, 2025. The City has negotiated an agreement with Circular Materials Ontario to continue collecting recyclables on producers’ behalf throughout the transition period and residents will see no change to their usual curbside recycling service.

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