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.

  • Phase 1 Report

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  • Plastics and their Management

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    Plastics, including single-use plastics (SUPs), and their management is a topic that will be discussed throughout development of the Waste Plan. Conversations will explore why the management of plastics is a global issue and what the City can do to compliment or expand on actions taken by other jurisdictions.

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  • Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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    The information in this document offers insight into Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions associated with the waste management industry, including various technologies and innovations developed to reduce the impact of waste management on the environment. It is important to have an awareness of how the waste management sector influences GHG and climate change in order to recommend how the City best moves forward the vision and guiding principles of the Solid Waste Master Plan.
Page last updated: 21 May 2024, 02:50 PM