The Solid Waste Basics training course provides a general overview of the systems in place to manage Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) within Metro Vancouver. It can also be tailored to other regional districts upon request.

Who Should Attend

The Solid Waste Basics training course is intended for young professionals and those new to the industry, as well as front line staff that answer questions related to solid waste services and/or facilities. This training course is geared for those people who do not work directly in the Solid Waste Management field. It does not require any prior knowledge of solid waste, and only contains rudimentary math and science content. 

Course Content

This ½ day course will provide a general overview of integrated solid waste management in Metro Vancouver. Lecture, group discussion and exercises will be used to cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)
    • What it is and isn’t
    • Sources, amounts and composition of MSW
  • MSW from Homes and Businesses: Collection, Transfer and Recovery
    • Collecting MSW for disposal
    • Collecting and processing recyclables
    • Collecting and processing organics
  • MSW from Construction and Demolition: Collection, Transfer and Recovery
    • Collection, prevention and disposal of construction and demolition waste
  • Planning and Public Education
    • Food scraps
    • Clothing waste
    • Illegal dumping
    • Asbestos
    • Hazardous household waste (HHW)


  •  Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 12:30 – 4:00 PM – [COMPLETE]