Organic Waste Diversion Initiatives

Preventing and diverting organic waste from entering landfills can save landfill space, nutrients, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Watch a short video published by The City of Calgary that explains the science of how a landfill works and why turning food and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost for gardens, parks and farms is a better solution than burying it in a landfill.

Organics Infrastructure Program

The B.C. Government launched the Organics Infrastructure Program to provide funding to create additional organic waste processing capacity in the province. This program will invest in infrastructure that will divert unprocessed municipal organic waste from landfills and/or agricultural waste from direct land application. This program is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Residential Organic Waste Diversion

In B.C. different programs exist to manage single-family residential waste, for example household curbside pickup, and multi-family residential waste, for example condominium or townhouse complexes.

Businesses Organic Waste Diversion

Businesses in the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) sector also produces organic waste. For example, restaurants, supermarkets, hospitals and universities generate organic waste – whether it is from mowing their laws to feeding their clients – organic waste is produced. Many ICI sector organizations have their own organic waste diversion initiatives in place or partner with private industry or local governments to handle their organic waste stream. 

Develop Organics Bylaws

In B.C. Regional Districts are responsible for solid waste management planning and this includes managing organic waste. As a result, many local governments in the province have organic diversion programs and some communities have bans on organics in their landfills.

Under the Environmental Management Act, regional districts may make bylaws to regulate the management of municipal solid waste or recyclable material. 

How Are We Doing?

Regions with Organic Waste
Bans in Place

Population*

Percentage of B.C.
Population Served

Capital Regional District

383,360

8.1%

Metro Vancouver

2,463,431

52.9%

Nanaimo

155,698

3.3%

Total Percentage of B.C. Population Served

64.3%

*Source: BC Stats – 2016 Census