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Regional Diversion

The SCRD’s current Solid Waste Management Plan, adopted in 2011, outlines twenty-four initiatives that contribute to reaching targets by 2016.

There are two targets in the SCRD’s SWMP:

  • A diversion target at 65% - 69%
  • A per capita waste disposal target at 315kg – 279kg

For details, please read the May 18, 2017 Infrastructure Services Committee staff report
Regional Diversion – Annual Update

Click the links below to learn more.

SCRD Diversion Rate 2011 - 2016
SCRD Per Capita Waste Disposal 2011 - 2016
SCRD Regional Diversion Data 2011 - 2016
Next Steps


SCRD Diversion Rate 2011 - 2016

A diversion rate is calculated by dividing the amount of materials diverted (ie. via recycling) by the total waste generated (ie. disposed in the landfill + recycled).

In 2016, a total of 28,769 tonnes of waste was generated in the SCRD; of that amount, 16,092 tonnes, or 56%, was diverted through recycling options.

SCRD Per Capital Disposal 2011 - 2016

Per capita disposal is calculated by dividing the total waste disposed by the total population and is expressed in kilograms. The SCRD's per capita disposal in 2016 was 434 kg/per person.

SCRD REgional Diversion Data 2011 - 2016

The table below provides a detailed overview of the total waste generated in the SCRD between 2011 to 2016. Waste generation is the sum of waste disposed and diverted.

Disposal means buried in the Pender Harbour Landfill (until 2015) and at the Sechelt landfill.

Diversion refers to the amount of materials diverted from the landfill and includes items recycled, composted or reused.

Next Steps

The SCRD is currently working on an Organics Diversion Strategy to develop a financially sustainable organic waste diversion program.

With food scraps and food soiled paper at 44% of what is in our residential garbage, organic waste diversion is the biggest opportunity we have in the region to reduce the amount of garbage sent to the Sechelt Landfill.