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Policy Recommendation

Commercial and Household Waste Management

Robust recycling programs remain elusive for many municipalities in Newfoundland and Labrador, while participation rates appear to be dropping in St. John’s. Meanwhile organic materials represent up to 30% of the waste generated in households, but there are few practical options available to residents in any region of the province to dispose of it in an environmentally friendly manner. Proper disposal of organic waste reduces greenhouse gas emissions, extends the lifespan of landfills, and generates a useful by-product from what otherwise would be waste. Curbside composting programs have been in place in other Canadian jurisdictions for decades.

A significant percentage of Newfoundland and Labrador’s waste is generated in commercial and institutional environments. Leaders in Newfoundland and Labrador’s restaurant industry are willing and potentially powerful partners in waste management education, but required infrastructure to facilitate this does not exist to accommodate their needs.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to aggressively work with municipalities with inadequate recycling services to implement recycling programs.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to accelerate plans for curbside organics programs in denser regions.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to work with waste management authorities and municipalities to make curbside programs mandatory.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to work with stakeholders to develop waste management strategy for commercial, institutional, and multi-unit dwellings.

  • Action Recommended:
    Newfoundland and Labrador to work with restaurant industry to develop required infrastructure to help business owners become leaders in waste management.


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