2019 Resource Recovery Plan Update

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is required by legislation to have a Solid Waste Management Plan (Resource Recovery Plan) approved by the BC Minister of Environment.  The RDCK's current Resource Recovery Plan was approved in 2010 and the RDCK will be updating the Plan in 2019.

The RDCK has commenced a process to update the regional Resource Recovery Plan. The Plan update will be developed over the upcoming year, and will determine the direction for delivery of waste and recycling services over the next ten year period.

This webpage has two functions: it will serve as a portal for information pertaining to the Resource Recovery Plan update process as well as relaying opportunities for public input. Please check back regularly to be informed on the Plan progress, and to see opportunities for involvement in the Plan update.

Resource Recovery System Overview Report

The RDCK prepared a Resource Recovery System Overview Report in May 2017 to provide the community with current information about the facilities and services that comprise the solid waste and recycling management system. It includes a basic description of the major areas of interest, a discussion of works completed to implement the 2010 RDCK Resource Recovery Plan, and outlines the new projects and services the RDCK proposes to focus on over the next ten years.  The Resource Recovery Overview Report Summary provide further information.

Organic Waste Diversion Strategy

A key feature of the updated Resource Recovery Plan will be the Organic Waste Diversion Strategy. Diverting organic waste from landfills has been identified by the provincial government as a solid waste management priority. The RDCK has engaged with commnunity stakeholders, municipal partners and consultants to develop a draft strategy for managing organics and removing them from the waste stream. 

Resource Recovery Plan Update Timeline

May 2017 System Overview Report release.
June 2017 Community Survey and Stakeholder Workshops for Organic Waste Diversion and Institutional, Commercial, and Industrial (ICI) Recycling.
2018 Development of Organics Waste Diversion Strategy and new recycling program.
July 2017 to October 2019 Technical review and development of strategies for organics management, recycling, outreach and education initiatives and residuals management.
December 2019 Draft Resource Recovery Plan Update complete. 
early 2020 Stakeholder and public consultation for Resource Recovery Plan Update.
March/April 2020

Incorporate consultation results and finalize plan for release and submission to the Ministry of Environment for approval. 

Public Input Opportunities

** Check back regularly to hear about current public input opportunities

The Resource Recovery Plan Advisory Committee (RRPAC) will meet regularly during the Plan update process. Meetings are open to the public and meeting dates can be seen on the RDCK Events Calendar.

2019 RRPAC Meeting Dates Discussion Items
February 19
  • Committee Re-Appointments
  • Overview / Update on Planning Process
  • Organic Waste Diversion Strategy Update
  • Recycle BC Update
  • Guiding Principals Review and Confirmation
April 24
  • Reduction and Reuse Strategies
  • Residential Recycling
  • Industrial, Institutional and Commercial Recycling
  • Public Education and Outreach
May 14
  • Organics Diversion
  • Illegal Dumping
  • Household Hazardous Waste Management
  • Specified Risk Material Management
October 30*
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
RDCK Board Room
202 Lakeside Drive, Nelson
  • Recommended Plan Components
  • Estimated Costs
  • Implementation Schedule
  • Plan Monitoring
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Draft Resource Recovery Plan
  • Community Consultation Program

*Dates for June & October meetings are subject to change due to potential delays.

The Public Consultation Plan outlines the proposed approach to public and stakeholder consultation during the Plan update.

At any time if you have any questions or comments regarding the Resource Recovery Plan update, please contact Travis Barrington, Resource Recovery Technician, at (250) 352-1526 or ResourceRecovery@rdck.bc.ca.  

The content on this page was last updated August 9 2019 at 4:14 PM