Waste Management

Project state
Compost and garbage bins

The District has conducted a feasibility study based on community feedback related to waste management. This study presents a preliminary analysis of waste collection and a yard waste facility.

This work was highlighted for a number of reasons:

  1. Road safety and emissions from collection vehicles. Many residents are concerned about the number of waste collection vehicles on the roads, as multiple waste haulers cover the same routes.
  2. Residents requesting a yard waste facility. Many residents feel the District needs a yard waste facility. The municipality needs to understand what resources would be required to create one.
  3. We can’t reduce waste if we can’t measure it. The community needs to reduce the amount of waste it is generating. Waste accounts for approximately 12% of the total community emissions. The region has a goal to reduce the annual waste per capita rate from 395 to 250 kg by 2030. Currently, only estimates are made regarding the amount of waste generated in the community because private haulers do not collect this type of information.

About the study

The purpose of the study is to understand the options for garbage, kitchen scraps and yard waste disposal, and what the implications would be. Currently, the District of Central Saanich does not offer any waste collection services.

In 2022, the District completed the first phase of a waste collection feasibility study (conducted by Tetra Tech consultants). Phase 1 was a high-level analysis of options and cost implications for residential curbside waste collection service and a yard waste drop-off facility. Phase 2 is community and stakeholder engagement and a detailed analysis of options, which will take place in 2023.