Case Study

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.

Location:

Okanagan, BC

Client:

Regional District of Central Okanagan

Project Objectives:

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.

Our Role

  • 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