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.

  • New! Introducing the Stakeholder Sounding Board

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    There are a wide range of stakeholders interest in and potentially impacted by a future Waste Plan. As well as making every effort to reach and engage all residents and stakeholders, a Stakeholder Sounding Board (SSB) was established at the beginning of 2020. The SSB consists of individuals and organizations who represent a broad range of resident and stakeholder perspectives and interests, including differing demographics and housing types. The SSB also provides a forum for mutual learning and enhanced discourse on related topics and acts as a channel to further communicate engagement opportunities to the wider community.


    Who are the members?


    Waste Watch Ottawa

    Recycling Council of Ontario

    Envirocentre

    University of Ottawa

    Carleton University

    Algonquin College

    Ontario Waste Management Association

    Ottawa Community Housing (OCH)

    Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association (GOHBA)

    Social Planning Council of Ottawa

    Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa (FCA)

    Eastern Ontario Landlord Organization

    Canadian Association for Retired Persons (CARP, Ottawa Chapter 26)

    Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (ESAC)

    Osgoode Ward Business Association

    Dunrobin Community Association

    National Capital Commission (NCC)

    Ottawa Coalition of BIAs

    CAFES (Community Associations for Environmental Sustainability)


    How has the SSB been engaged so far?


    In May 2020 the SSB was engaged to gain input on a vision for the Waste Plan. A two-hour workshop took place where members broke into smaller breakout discussions in order to better facilitate the conversations. Input from this meeting was used, alongside feedback heard over the course of all engagement activities from May to September, to help develop a vision statement for the Waste Plan.


    Three workshops were then held with the SSB in September 2020, the purpose of which was to:

    1. Help ensure we had incorporated feedback from all residents and stakeholders into the vision statement.
    2. Provide comments on guiding principles and goals for the Waste Plan which were, again, written based on feedback from all residents and stakeholders during engagement series 1.
    3. Gain feedback to inform the development of the evaluation tool, which will be used to assess the options for the Waste Plan using a triple bottom line approach (i.e., the environmental, social and financial considerations of each option).
  • Complete the survey!

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    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 19th.

  • Phase 1 Report

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    by Cathryne Lillian Milburn (City of Ottawa),

    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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    by Cathryne Lillian Milburn (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
  • Current Waste Management System

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    by Cathryne Lillian Milburn (City of Ottawa),
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    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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    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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  • Waste Management Trends and Challenges

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    by Cathryne Lillian Milburn (City of Ottawa),
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    The City’s first waste plan, the Integrated Waste Management Master Plan (IWMMP), was adopted in 2003 and was designed to set waste direction in the city for a 20-year period. As the end of the planning horizon for this waste plan draws near, awareness has been increasing that the traditional approach to waste management used by many municipalities across North America will not be enough to keep communities clean and liveable in the long-term. This traditional approach included reliance on landfilling and exporting garbage and recyclables to parts of the globe willing to accept them.

    What is the current global thinking on waste? What are the main trends and challenges we need to consider as we discuss the next Solid Waste Master Plan?

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  • The Circular Economy and Extended Producer Responsibility

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    by Cathryne Lillian Milburn (City of Ottawa),
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    The circular economy and extended producer responsibility (EPR) will be discussed with residents and stakeholders as the City develops its new Solid Waste Master Plan. The information in this document provides an overview of the circular economy and EPR, and how they are applied globally and in Canada. These two topics will play a major role in waste management in Ottawa. Residents and key stakeholders will be able to provide feedback on how the circular economy and EPR should be included in the City’s new Solid Waste Master Plan.

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  • New and emerging technologies in waste management

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    by Cathryne Lillian Milburn (City of Ottawa),
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    A range of new and emerging technologies potentially applicable to the City of Ottawa’s future solid waste management will be explored throughout development of the Solid Waste Master Plan. In order to have conversations about the various technologies, and their advantages and disadvantages, it is important to acquire an understanding of the range and type of available and upcoming new technologies and their potential role in managing waste.

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  • Key Challenges for Multi-Residential Waste Management

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    by Cathryne Lillian Milburn (City of Ottawa),
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    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 the challenges faced in managing and diverting waste at multi-residential properties. It is important to have an awareness of these challenges in order to recommend how the City best moves forward in addressing challenges and supporting the vision and guiding principles of the Waste Plan.

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