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Waste Reduction

Learn more about how you can reduce or divert waste below or explore the Solid Waste web pages for more information.

TIPS & Resources

Learn about simple actions to take every day to reduce waste.

Reuse Directory

Check out the Reuse Directory for ideas on how to make things last longer before they are thrown away.


The SCRD has a home composting guide full of tips on how to make great compost in your backyard and troubleshooting ideas. Learn more about this and other ways to compost yard and food waste in the region here.

Home Composter Rebate

On annual basis, from May - September residents can apply to receive a rebate of up to $100 towards the purchase of a new composter. Visit our Home Composter Rebate webpage for more information.

Recycling Resources

Wondering what can go to the depot? Visit our dedicated Recycling Depot page. If you live in the District of Sechelt visit their website for information about what can go in your blue reycling carts.

Visit our Recycling Directory page for links to resources to help SCRD residents learn where to take various materials here on the coast.


The Waste Reduction Initiatives Program (WRIP) is in place to provide funding to community groups, non-profit societies, registered charitable organizations and school groups for projects that contribute to waste reduction or that divert materials from the landfill.

Solid Waste and Organics Strategies


The SCRD’s road map for waste reduction, diversion and management is guided by the 2011 Solid Waste Management Plan and has a goal of 56%-69% diversion by 2016.

The SCRD provides a number of services and promotes resources and programs to support waste reduction and diversion in the region.

Plan Updates

The Solid Waste Management Plan requires an update and community engagement will be taking place over the next few years. Stay up-to-date with information and sign up for notifications by visiting our dedicated Let's Talk Page.


The SCRD is developing a regional Organic Waste Diversion Strategy. Learn more here.

Why? Based on a 2014 residential waste composition study, over 44% of what is in our residential garbage can be composted instead of sent to the Sechelt Landfill. Diverting food scraps and other organics is the biggest opportunity to reduce the amount of garbage on the Sunshine Coast.