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What we consume and how we dispose of it contributes to climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions are generated from the management of waste in the region, primarily from decomposing garbage, especially organic waste like food scraps and wood, but also from transportation and management.

We can reduce our collective emissions by decreasing the amount of waste we send to landfills, by managing our landfills in a sustainable manner, and by finding beneficial ways to use our waste products.

The Capital Regional District (CRD) is responsible for waste disposal in the region and operates the Hartland Landfill. The CRD’s Draft Solid Waste Management Plan’s goals and guiding principles are focused on the first 3Rs of waste reduction (reduce, reuse and recycle), promoting zero waste approaches and influencing others in support of a circular economy and maximizing beneficial use of waste materials and residuals. The CRD is actively working to improve landfill gas collection efficiency and produce renewable natural gas using captured methane from all of the historical waste decomposing in the landfill. Read more >>

Help reduce waste

  • Preserve food, buy only what you will be able to eat, and always compost your kitchen scraps. Find out more at lovefoodhatewaste.ca.
  • Borrow items from friends or neighbours or buy items second hand. Consider renting or joining a tool library.
  • Look for products that come with less packaging.
  • Recycle what you can’t reuse or repurpose. Not sure how best to dispose of something? Search for it at myrecyclopedia.ca.

For more waste diversion tips and ideas for reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting visit our waste and recycling page.