Waste Management

B.C. is proud to be a leader in sustainable environmental management – with air and water quality that ranks among the highest in the world. Effective waste management procedures and solutions contribute a great deal to preserving our environment.


Take the green approach. Reducing and reusing saves waste removal costs and helps protect our natural resources. That makes recycling the healthiest part of a waste management plan. Discover ways you can champion recycling in your community.


Local governments are responsible for preventing and disposing of solid waste for homes and businesses in their area. Managing municipal solid waste minimizes environmental impacts and supports sustainable environmental management, greenhouse gas reduction and air and water quality.

Industrial Waste

Waste released into the environment by industry is authorized by permits, regulations and codes of practice under the Environmental Management Act and the Waste Discharge Regulation.

Hazardous Waste

To prevent harming human health and the environment, it’s essential that hazardous waste is handled, stored, transported, treated and disposed of properly.

Waste that is classified/defined as hazardous waste must be managed according to the rules and standards set out by the Environmental Management Act and the Hazardous Waste Regulation.


Sewage (or wastewater) from homes and businesses is treated and discharged from treatment facilities throughout the province. Facilities vary in size, treatment level and ownership type. Most large scale treatment facilities in the province are owned and operated by municipalities or regional governments.

Zero Waste

Canadians dispose of more municipal solid waste per capita than any other country in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development according to a Conference Board of Canada report. However, there is a positive business case for reducing the amount waste we generate in British Columbia.

Waste Disposal Index

Waste Disposal Index

How much we throw in the trash has a direct impact on our environment. As landfills and treatment sites continue to bulge, it’s essential that we all consider how much garbage we contribute to the cycle of waste disposal. In 2014, the garbage generated in BC was equal to 520 kg per person.

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PO Box 9339 STN PROV GOVT Victoria, B.C. V8W 9M1
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