Waste Stream Management Licensing Bylaw Update

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The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) is updating the Waste Stream Management Licensing (WSML) Bylaw, which has not been revised since 2004. The WSML Bylaw is a regulatory tool for the management of private licensed facilities that handle waste and recyclable material. Authority for the WSML bylaw is granted through the RDN’s Solid Waste Management Plan and therefore revisions must be approved by BC’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

The WSML Bylaw requires a high standard of operation, promotes waste diversion, minimizes nuisance and requires reporting so that waste diversion can be tracked region-wide.


Key areas of the review include:

  • Repeal of the Regional District of Nanaimo Waste Stream Management Licensing Bylaw No. 1386, 2004;
  • Excluding solid waste and recyclable facilities managed by the RDN and affiliated municipalities authorized under permit or regulations by the provincial Environmental Management Act;
  • Clarifying definitions;
  • Identifying and describing private facility types requiring a license;
  • Streamlining licensing process;
  • Eliminating details associated with operating plans and security requirements that are best suited to be incorporated into the RDN’s WSML Application Guide and authorized under the facility license;
  • Limiting the scope of the WSML Bylaw to only those areas requiring Minister approval and removes section like illegal dumping and fee provisions to be included in new separate bylaws; and
  • Aligning with RDN’s direction to support existing and creation of new bylaws including the Mandatory Source Separation and Waste Hauler Licensing bylaws to meet the goal and objectives of the approved Solid Waste Management Plan.

How you can find out more or provide feedback:

  • Register (tab at the top right of this page) to be kept up-to-date with progress on this project through our electronic communications and provide us your thoughts using the feedback tab below.
  • Explore this webpage to find out more about the project. Staff reports and other documents can be accessed in the document library.
  • Ask us a question in the Q & A tab below and we will respond


*If you would like your feedback included in the report to the Regional Board and in the final submission to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, please have all feedback submitted by September 30, 2020.

The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) is updating the Waste Stream Management Licensing (WSML) Bylaw, which has not been revised since 2004. The WSML Bylaw is a regulatory tool for the management of private licensed facilities that handle waste and recyclable material. Authority for the WSML bylaw is granted through the RDN’s Solid Waste Management Plan and therefore revisions must be approved by BC’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

The WSML Bylaw requires a high standard of operation, promotes waste diversion, minimizes nuisance and requires reporting so that waste diversion can be tracked region-wide.


Key areas of the review include:

  • Repeal of the Regional District of Nanaimo Waste Stream Management Licensing Bylaw No. 1386, 2004;
  • Excluding solid waste and recyclable facilities managed by the RDN and affiliated municipalities authorized under permit or regulations by the provincial Environmental Management Act;
  • Clarifying definitions;
  • Identifying and describing private facility types requiring a license;
  • Streamlining licensing process;
  • Eliminating details associated with operating plans and security requirements that are best suited to be incorporated into the RDN’s WSML Application Guide and authorized under the facility license;
  • Limiting the scope of the WSML Bylaw to only those areas requiring Minister approval and removes section like illegal dumping and fee provisions to be included in new separate bylaws; and
  • Aligning with RDN’s direction to support existing and creation of new bylaws including the Mandatory Source Separation and Waste Hauler Licensing bylaws to meet the goal and objectives of the approved Solid Waste Management Plan.

How you can find out more or provide feedback:

  • Register (tab at the top right of this page) to be kept up-to-date with progress on this project through our electronic communications and provide us your thoughts using the feedback tab below.
  • Explore this webpage to find out more about the project. Staff reports and other documents can be accessed in the document library.
  • Ask us a question in the Q & A tab below and we will respond


*If you would like your feedback included in the report to the Regional Board and in the final submission to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, please have all feedback submitted by September 30, 2020.

Feedback

Please review the documents in the Document Library and provide any feedback you have about the changes to the bylaw or the Waste Stream Management Licensing program in general. You can also email us directly.

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I am very much in favour of organic waste collection for apartments etc.

A G over 1 year ago

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none over 1 year ago

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none over 1 year ago

Get rid of the stupid huge busses that run around our streets carrying 1+ people. Give them to Vancouver and get something more appropriate.
Phil Minter

none over 1 year ago

Hello Michele Obara, thanks for reaching out. I understand your frustrations about not being able to recycle plastics bags in your community.

Recycle BC, the organization that is responsible for this material, is a not-for-profit organization responsible for residential packaging and paper recycling throughout BC. Recycle BC is the stewardship agency for packaging and printed paper regulated under the Provincial Recycling Regulation. Recycle BC’s 5 year Packaging and Paper Product Extended Producer Responsibility Plan is approved by the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (MOECCS). As part of this plan, they are mandated to provide collection service to residents. For this reason, the RDN is working with Recycle BC and the MOECCS to get service restored, to ensure that the responsibility and cost of collection of these items isn't passed back to local governments and subsequently, tax payers.

If you wish to contact Recycle BC or the MOECCS about this service gap, you can do so here extendedProducerResponsibility@gov.bc.ca and info@recyclebc.ca.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please free to reach out to us at zerowaste@rdn.bc.ca.

sbajwa over 1 year ago

I live in Parksville. Residents of Oceanside have no recycling for plastic bags. Could you not send a truck here once weekly for people dispose of things that are not taken by our recycling depot? Thank you.

MicheleObara over 1 year ago
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