Government of B.C.

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.

Waste Discharge Authorization

The Waste Discharge Regulation defines what industries, activities and operations require authorizations to discharge or release waste to the air, water, and land under the Environmental Management Act (EMA) in B.C. Find out how to apply and what is required to obtain an authorization.

Recycling

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.

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.

Garbage

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.

Sewage

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.

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.

Industrial Waste

Our environmental standards and management approaches strive to establish world-leading requirements to protect air, land and water quality.

Learn more about policies and regulations in place for specific industries and activities, and work on new initiatives:

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 2015, the garbage generated in BC was equal to 497 kg per person.

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