The Ministry of Environment is inviting affected parties to review and comment on an intentions paper for the solid waste management planning guideline. This intentions paper has been released as a public discussion paper. The current guideline has been in place since 1994. It was developed to provide guidance for regional districts on legislative requirements for solid waste management planning. It requires modernizing to reflect current legislation, the current municipal solid waste landscape, and the experience and expertise of regional districts and sector stakeholders.
Provisions in the solid waste management planning guideline are not mandatory requirements for regional districts to follow but recommended practices. The guideline provides advice to aid in plan development that is consistent with legislative requirements. It reflects ministry expectations regarding plans and desirable outcomes, defined by provincial targets and principles.
The intentions paper for this guideline describes the ministry’s objectives, the proposed content of the guideline, and opportunities to comment on those intentions before work to draft a new guideline commences. A PDF version of the intentions paper and on-line response form are available on the ministry’s municipal waste management plans website.
If you are an “association”, please forward this correspondence and web site address to your members. You are also encouraged to forward this information to others who you feel may wish to comment on this guideline. The ministry welcomes all suggestions.
Comments submitted regarding the proposed intentions of the ministry will be considered in the drafting of a new guideline. The intentions paper will be posted for a 60-day consultation period. Please provide any comments to the ministry by November 15, 2015. Comments may be submitted by mail, email or fax to:
Solid Waste Management Planning Guideline
PO Box 28159 Westshore RPO Victoria BC V9B 6K8
Fax: 250 592-0628 Email: [email protected]
All submissions will be reviewed for inclusion in a consultation summary report. Comments received will be treated with confidentiality by ministry staff and contractors when compiling these consultation comments. However, please note that comments you provide and information that identifies you as the source of those comments may be publicly available if a Freedom of Information request is made under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
If you have any questions regarding the consultation process, check the ministry’s municipal waste management plans website or by email: [email protected]