On July 20, 2015, City Council approved the Waste Diversion Policy, which directed Waste & Recycling Services to develop waste diversion and waste disposal targets for the residential sector; construction and demolition sector; and the industrial, commercial, and institutional sector.
The purpose of this policy was to provide guidelines to encourage the efficient use of natural resources, with the guiding principle to treat the waste stream as "Resource not Waste." This fits with the goal of City Council's Environmental Policy to minimize Lethbridge's ecological footprint.
Specific Focus on Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (ICI) Sector, and Construction and Demolition (C&D) Sector
In 2008, a Comprehensive Waste Diversion/Waste Prevention Master Plan was completed by Sonnevera International Corp. to guide the future of waste diversion and to conserve landfill space within the City of Lethbridge. The plan included all sectors of waste generation, but it was recommended that the ICI sector be a priority target for waste reduction and diversion initiatives.
ICI Stakeholder Engagement Project
In 2013, the City of Lethbridge Waste & Recycling Services retained EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd. (now Tetra Tech EBA Inc.) to conduct a Stakeholder Engagement Project for the ICI and C&D sectors. In partnership with Sonnevera and Ipsos Reid, separate stakeholder engagement and consultation sessions were conducted for both ICI and C&D sectors, involving waste generators, haulers and processors. This was done in order to have independent industry focuses and accurately gain insight into material specific diversion programs.
After the completion of the ICI Stakeholder Engagement Report in spring 2014, city administration began to implement an ICI Waste Diversion Strategy in alignment with City Council Strategic Goal #5. This strategy was presented to City Council and approved in the summer of 2015. City administration provided options for 5, 7, and 10 year implementation schedules. City Council requested that the strategy be implemented over a 5 year timeframe.
As part of the ICI Waste Diversion Strategy, stakeholder working groups will be created to promote education and awareness, help ensure the success of the program, and encourage stakeholder participation.
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New Tipping Rates for 2018
In an effort to divert recyclable materials from the landfill, tipping rates will be adjusted annually to encourage recycling of materials rather than landfill disposal.
- Mixed solid waste from residential, commercial and institutional customers increased from $85/tonne to $95/tonne
- Special waste, including industrial and contaminated materials increased from $98/tonne to $108/tonne
- Construction & Demolition waste increased from $85/tonne to $95/tonne
- Asphalt shingles for disposal increased from $98/tonne to $108/tonne
For more information regarding the ICI Waste Diversion Strategy, please contact Alex Singbeil at 403-320-3141 or firstname.lastname@example.org