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Learn about the Zero Waste Strategy we are developing, and how you can get involved. 

Recognizing the growing importance of addressing the impact of greenhouse gases and excess waste, the City of Surrey is taking action and developing a Zero Waste Strategy. 

In August 2020, we received 2,500 responses to our first public survey asking residents how Surrey can become the first community in Canada to send zero waste to landfill.

In a follow-up survey, we presented a list of program options and received nearly 2,000 responses. 

We wish to thank everyone who has provided feedback so far. We plan to announce the final strategy in summer 2021.

 

What is Zero Waste?

Zero waste is defined as all products being designed and managed so that no waste is sent to landfills and incinerators. All end products are reused, recycled or re-integrated into other products.

In addition, zero waste emphasizes waste prevention as opposed to waste management. It focusses on restructuring production and distribution systems to eliminate waste.

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Developing the Strategy

Our approach towards a zero waste strategy will include five key phases:

  • Completed
  • Started
  • Pending

1. Engage and consult with residents to better understand their challenges and concerns

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2. Conduct an extensive review of existing regulations and legislation

3. Review our programs and services

4. Assess the options for new programs and services

5. Release the final strategy in Summer 2021

Background

To date, Surrey's programs and collection services have resulted in the City achieving 70% waste diversion and a decrease in landfill disposal tonnage by 30% in our residential collection services.

As we look towards the future and align with other levels of government, we are looking to develop a strategy to become the first community to achieve zero waste to landfill in Canada.

In May 2020, Council endorsed development of a Zero Waste Strategy and asked staff to conduct research into best practices. View Corporate Report R072 for more information.

All levels of government are undertaking initiatives focused on managing and reducing waste. In Canada, there is a mix of regulatory authority over waste management and each level of government has a role to play to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.

Contact

For more information, contact rethinkwaste@surrey.ca.