Zero Waste focuses on reducing the region's environmental footprint by minimizing the amount of waste that must be landfilled through reduction, reuse, recycling, redesign, composting, and other actions. The RDN was the first jurisdiction on Vancouver Island and one of several forward looking local governments in Canada and around the world to move beyond recycling and adopt a Zero Waste approach to eliminating waste.
What is Zero Waste?
Zero Waste initiatives are an integral part of the RDN's Solid Waste Management Plan, which has set an interim goal of diverting 75% of the region's waste from the landfill by 2010. The Solid Waste Management Plan is a long-term vision of how the regional district will manage its solid waste, including diversion and future disposal needs.
The RDN and its member municipalities, residents and businesses have led the way in innovative approaches to reducing the amount of garbage that must be landfilled. In 1991, we introduced Canada's first user pay residential garbage collection system. Since then, the RDN and its partners have expanded curbside recycling programs, banned paper, metal, commercial food waste, clean wood waste and other recyclable materials from the landfill, and successfully promoted composting throughout the region.
Check out the Links and Resources to learn more about Zero Waste. There are also links to learn about product stewardship and our easy-to-use on-line Recycling Directory.