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Public and Technical Advisory Committee

The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) is initiating the process to update the region’s Solid Waste Management Plan. This plan will describe how the SCRD will manage garbage, recycling, green waste, and food waste programs for the next 10 years. The Public and Technical Advisory Committee is a group of local residents that provide input to staff during the plan update process.

Call for Applications is Open!

Are you a climate champion? Do you have ideas on how to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the landfill? Do you have expertise to share?

The SCRD is seeking residents, local organizations, and interested parties to help guide the future of solid waste management on the Sunshine Coast. The applications deadline is October 31, 2022.

Please review the Terms of Reference to learn more about the advisory committee.

Access the application form HERE.

What is the Public and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC)?
The Province requires that regional districts develop plans for the management of solid waste and recyclable materials. This is called a Solid Waste Management Plan. Every ten years, these plans need to be updated. The last plan, completed in 2011, needs to be updated.

That is where you come in! The committee will play an integral role in guiding the future of solid waste on the Sunshine Coast through this planning process. Members of the committee will provide feedback, input and ideas to help guide the creation of the Solid Waste Management Plan. It is a great opportunity for community members to make a meaningful impact in the way waste is managed on the Sunshine Coast.

What qualifications do you need to apply?
We are looking for volunteers from across the Sunshine Coast with a wide range of skills, who are passionate and knowledgeable about topics such as waste reduction, recycling, climate action and sustainability. A background in strategic planning, public engagement, environmental management, or previous board experience are an asset, but not required.

The following is a list of possible desired personal qualities, perspectives and experience of committee members:

  • Demonstrates community/committee involvement and the ability to work collaboratively with others (e.g. openness to different/opposing views).
  • Demonstrates personal commitment to waste reduction, circular economy goals, sustainability, and climate action.
  • Demonstrates the ability to advance innovation.
  • Experienced with waste, waste reduction and recycling (i.e. lived experience, technical expertise, or both).
  • Belongs to a community that is typically under represented (e.g. women, LGBTQ2S+, Indigenous persons, immigrants, visible minority, persons with disabilities, youth, etc.).
  • Represents the interests/perspectives of a group of people/sector.

Who can apply?
You are eligible to apply if you live and/or work on the Sunshine Coast. As described above, we are seeking to convene individuals from a range of backgrounds, ages, and perspectives to inform the review and update of the Solid Waste Management Plan.

Please note, anyone under 17 years old will need parental/guardian consent to join the committee.

The following is a list of sectors/interests that could be represented by committee members.

  • Agriculture
  • Circular economy
  • Community members (e.g. youth, seniors, and multicultural, accessibility, and community associations)
  • Construction and demolition
  • Environmental stewardship groups
  • Food service
  • Government agencies and health authorities
  • Large waste generators (e.g. school boards, transportation hubs, entertainment sector)
  • Lumber/Mining Industry
  • Multi-family residences (e.g. residents, landlords, property management associations)
  • Non-governmental/non-profit organizations
  • Organics processing
  • Recycling industry
  • Reduction/repair/refill industry
  • Retail/grocery
  • Small- and medium-sized businesses, and business improvement associations, chambers of commerce, boards of trade
  • Tourism and hospitality
  • Waste hauling/transport
  • Workers/unions

How do you apply?

  1. Review the Terms of Reference
  2. Complete the application form by 11:59 p.m. on October 31, 2022.
  3. Submit the application to infrastructure@scrd.ca or in person at the SCRD Administrative office (1975 Field Road, Sechelt).

Applications will be evaluated by the SCRD Board based solely on the information provided in the application form. In November, 2022 the Board will appoint six to 12 applicants to be committee members.

A public announcement will be made when the committee is formed. The first committee meeting will be held in December, 2022 or in early 2023.

Contact our project team at infrastucture@scrd.ca or call 604-885-6806 if you have any questions.