Whistler has a shared goal of being a ‘zero waste’ community. Achieving this goal requires commitment from local businesses and residents to build knowledge, infrastructure and processes to ensure waste is continually reduced and that organic and recyclable materials are kept out of the garbage destined for landfill.
In June 2017, RMOW staff will update the Solid Waste bylaw to require three-stream waste diversion, including the collection of food scraps. These changes are consistent with Whistler’s waste reduction and climate change targets.
The solid waste bylaw changes will mean:
- Organic waste will be banned from garbage
- All commercial and strata properties will be required to have three streams of waste collection: recycling material, organic waste, and garbage to landfill
- Businesses and stratas will be required to avoid contamination between the three different types of waste
AWARE, with funding from the Resort Municipality of Whistler, has developed a suite of tools to support businesses as they introduce or update systems and procedures that keep organic and recyclable waste out of the garbage. These are free and available for download here.
Additionally, as part of this outreach AWARE will be presenting at the Organic Waste Diversion Meeting aimed at Business and Strata Managers. This meeting will provide business and strata property managers the opportunity to discuss changes to the bylaw and learn more about the educational tools available to ensure success in adapting to changes in the way we manage waste.
When: Wednesday, May 10, 3 to 5 p.m.
Where: Delta Suites Hotel, Whiski Jack Conference Room
Connect with us to find out how these tools can aid your business in starting or improving upon current waste diversion and reduction initiatives.