Solid Waste - Technical Guidelines for Waste Rooms

Waste room

Background
The District of Squamish has developed solid waste management goals, which are outlined in the 2019 to 2022 Council Strategic Plan , the Zero Waste Strategy (2016), and the District of Squamish Official Community Plan (2017, s. 21.9). These goals include:

  • Increasing the diversion rate of waste from landfill to 80% and reduce per capita landfill waste to 300kg by 2021;
  • Promoting waste management leadership; and,
  • Developing a culture of waste minimization.

The District’s Development Permit Area guidelines require that new multi-unit, industrial, and commercial developments develop centralized, communal waste rooms that are designed to the specifications outlined in technical Guidelines (OCP, DPA 3, Section 36.7 (a)(d)).

The District of Squamish is developing Technical Guidelines for Waste Rooms that will help developers, owners, and architects plan for communal waste rooms in new commercial, industrial, and multi-unit developments. These guidelines will ensure Waste Rooms are are:

  • Accessible by both waste removal vehicles and tenants;
  • Adequately sized for the range of waste disposal needs (garbage, recycling, food scraps, etc); and,
  • Designed to reduce the number of wildlife conflicts.

Timeline
A presentation to Council of the draft guidelines is planned for June 2019.

Input Opportunities
Stay tuned for an open house during which residents will be invited to share feedback on the draft guidelines. .

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