Strategic Plan Alignment
Strategic Priority #4: Environmental Leadership
In order to achieve aggressive regional targets to divert 70% of the region’s waste from landfill, the City introduced several new organics and recycling initiatives. While the City has achieved great success in the residential sector, the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) sector have largely relied on private waste collectors and the City’s Recycling Depot for access to recycling options. Metro Vancouver’s findings from a 2015 waste flow study identify the ICI sector as an area where improvement is necessary to meet regional waste diversion targets.
Engineering staff is preparing a survey of the commercial sector to determine their needs and requirements for commercial recycling and organics collection that will be circulated through the Chamber of Commerce. Staff is also reviewing the equipment and staff resource requirements of the Solid Waste and Recycling Branch that would be needed to support expansion of the City's existing Commercial Recycling and Organics collection services. The Solid Waste Utility Budget, which Council passed in 2018, approves Engineering procuring additional collection equipment and recruiting an additional FTE, in order to support the growth and successful operation of the City's existing Commercial Recycling and Organics collection services.