Phase Two of Waste Composition Study at Hartland Landfill Underway

May 06, 2010

Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District today invited the media to view the second phase of a solid waste stream analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of existing waste diversion programs and aid in the development of future waste reduction initiatives. The final report with validated results will be released in July. The last analysis was completed at Hartland Landfill in 2004-5.

“Waste stream analysis provides an important way of learning what is ending up in our region’s landfill,” said Hartland Landfill Manager Tom Watkins. “The analysis works as an excellent performance measurement, telling us where our programs are succeeding, and where more education is needed in order to help residents reduce the amount of waste entering the landfill.”

Phase One of the analysis took place from October 19 – November 17, 2009, when representative sampling was taken from the landfill face in order to determine composition levels of components such as organics, yard and garden waste, paper, cardboard, plastics, metals and household hazardous waste. Phase two is taking place from April 19 to May 14, 2010.

“Hartland landfill has a finite lifespan, and waste reduction programs are integral to the future management of solid waste,” said CRD Environmental Sustainability Chair Mayor Alice Finall. ”The CRD is planning for a ban of organics and compostable kitchen waste by 2013. Determining present organics waste levels will provide a baseline measurement before the ban takes effect and allow us to track changes over time.”

Results from Phase 1 show that organic waste remains the largest (at 32%) component of the waste stream; paper and paperboard comprises 17%; plastics comprise 13% of the stream and wood and wood products comprise 8%. The estimated amount of total waste entering Hartland Landfill in 2009 was 154,881 tonnes; in 2004 estimated tonnage was 150,128.

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For more information, please contact:
Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3308 | Cell: 250.216.4427