Solid Waste Master 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. And watch for in-person engagement sessions and a survey – all coming soon.

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. And watch for in-person engagement sessions and a survey – all coming soon.

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

  • Frequently Asked Questions

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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...

    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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    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.