B.C. is proud to be a leader in sustainable environmental management. Effective waste management procedures and solutions contribute a great deal to preserving our environment.
To manage waste, first determine if a material is waste and if so, what type it is; then find out what rules apply. Each section below will help you identify your waste and provide guidance for the applicable rules. If you are not able to define the waste, or the rules are difficult to understand, an environmental consultant may be of help.
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.
There is a positive business case for reducing the amount of waste we generate. In British Columbia, we have set a provincial waste disposal target to lower the municipal solid waste disposal rate to 350 kg per person to reduce the waste we generate on land and in the marine environment.
Approximately, one-third of all food produced in the world is lost or wasted every year (FAO, 2011). In B.C., organic waste currently represents 40% of material sent to our landfills.
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 (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.
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.