Rethink Waste

Together, there is a lot we can do to reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill.

Nearly half of waste sent to Hartland Landfill is not garbage. The easiest way to reduce waste is to avoid purchasing or creating it in the first place. When you need to buy products or materials, the next steps are to reuse, and then recycle so materials can be turned into valuable new products.

The CRD's Solid Waste Management Plan has a target of reducing waste in the region by more than one third over the next decade. Through zero waste and circular economy principles, the plan includes strategies for reducing all streams of solid waste to extend the life of Hartland Landfill to 2100 and beyond.

Explore this section to learn more about what each of us can do, as individuals, businesses, and governments, to significantly reduce and rethink waste.

What's New

Rethink Waste Community Grant Spotlight Stories

Discover the driving force behind community change in the capital region, featuring three trailblazing groups turning ideas into action with support from the Rethink Waste Community Grant. The Pender Island Recycling Depot, Soap for Hope Canada, and ReWood community group champion what is possible when we join to make a difference. From grassroots initiatives to established organizations, the grant has empowered a wide array of projects aimed at rethinking waste. 

Do you have an idea to reduce waste in the capital region? Apply for the Rethink Waste Community Grant to receive up to $3,000 towards funding your idea to help reduce the region's waste by more than one third and extend the life of the Hartland Landfill to 2100 and beyond.

2024 Hartland Landfill Policy Changes and Bylaw Updates

The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board has approved moving forward with policy changes that will see more waste diverted from Hartland Landfill beginning in 2024.

Sign up for our 2024 Policy Changes and Waste Stream Collector Incentive Webinar on December 12 to learn more about coming policy changes. Details and registration here.

2022 Waste Composition Study

Waste composition studies are completed approximately every five years to provide a snapshot of what is being sent to Hartland Landfill. Results from the report will assist in planning to achieve the 2021 Solid Waste Management Plan waste disposal target of 250kg/capita by 2031, a one third reduction from current levels.

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