The Environmental Resource Management division plans, develops and applies systems that will help ensure integrated and beneficial use and reuse of our resources. Instead of viewing solid waste as garbage, the CRD sees waste as a commodity and seeks the highest and best use for these resources as demonstrated by initiatives such as methane gas capture and the ban on kitchen scraps from the landfill.
The Environmental Resource Management division is part of the CRD Parks & Environmental Services department and is responsible for the management of solid waste in the region. Two major services following under solid waste management include:
The CRD became responsible for solid waste disposal for the region in 1973 when the Province of British Columbia directed all regional districts to take control of solid waste disposal within their borders. How solid waste is managed within the Capital Region is governed by the Solid Waste Management Plan. The CRD's Solid Waste Management Plan, adopted in 1989, has undergone two revisions and the CRD is currently developing Revision 3 of the Plan (Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan).
The solid waste function of the CRD reports to the Environment Services committee (ESC). The ESC is supported by advisory committees whom provide feedback to ESC on solid waste operational issues, local solid waste and resource management issues and monitor the implementation of the SWMP. Staff also work with a number of other liaison and stakeholder groups to discuss specific solid waste management issues.
All solid waste diversion programs are funded through tipping fee revenues from Hartland landfill and from the sale of recyclable materials. No funding is drawn from the municipal tax system.