Waste Management Assessment (CAN)
In British Columbia, many regional districts have fulfilled their obligation to produce a Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) in accordance with provincial requirements. Due to the nature of the region and based on general reliance on local on local landfills to manage a significant proportion of municipal and commercial wastes, many regional districts have generated strategies that include increased recycling services for many waste materials.
Almost all BC regional districts have also chosen to include strategies for the diversion of all organic materials from landfill and, for many, this strategy is consistent with the adopted waste hierarchy and the avoidance of greenhouse gas generation from landfills.
Regional District of Central Okanagan
SLR was selected to deliver an assessment of the existing organic diversion system operated within the RDCO including the full range of materials such as all form of wood waste, yard waste, paper, cardboard and food waste. The RDCO also wanted understand the sustainability credentials of their options compared to emerging “green solutions” such as anaerobic digestion and enclosed in-vessel composting.
- Conducted a baseline evaluation which factored in all existing infrastructure, experience and work to date related to the management of solid organic waste in the Central Okanagan.
- Determined options and scenarios to be modelled and determined the assessment criteria
- Conducted Life Cycle Assessment Modelling and evaluated all reasonable options for managing organic solid waste in the Central Okanagan with respect to relative financial cost, environmental impact, social acceptability and adaptability.
- Provided recommendations on the most appropriate organic waste management system based on the assessment criteria and weightings