Residents will help shape the City’s Solid Waste Master Plan

Residents will help shape the City’s Solid Waste Master Plan

The City is developing a new Solid Waste Master Plan that will guide how we manage waste in Ottawa over the next 30 years.

Residents will have numerous opportunities over the next 18 months to shape and influence the plan. Here’s what you can do, starting right now:

  • Join the conversation and learn more about waste issues at
  • Plan to participate in public consultations starting in April
  • Look out for an online survey which will be available to the public in the coming weeks

Topics for discussion in the coming months include:

  • The current state of waste management in Ottawa
  • The life cycle of the Trail Waste Facility landfill
  • The future of recycling programs in Ottawa
  • Changing regulations at all levels of government
  • How industry trends will affect how the City manages its future waste
  • How emerging and proven technologies will impact waste management at all levels

A report will be presented to the City’s Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management on March 31 outlining the current state of waste management in Ottawa, which sets the baseline for the plan’s development. City Council will consider the final plan in Fall 2021.

The City manages collection, transportation, processing and disposal of blue and black bin recyclables, green bin organics, leaf and yard waste, garbage and bulky items from approximately 291,000 single-family homes and 1,700 multi-residential properties.

More facts:

  • In addition to curbside collection, the City also runs specialized programs such as household hazardous waste depots, waste collection in parks and Take it Back!
  • The City collects waste from approximately 60,000 locations every day.
  • Every week, the City’s fleet of 126 trucks criss-cross 5,600 kilometers of roadway to collect waste for our customers.
  • In 2019 alone, 61,500 tonnes of material was collected through the Blue and Black Bin programs from single-family homes and multi-residential properties.
  • Recycling from single family homes and multi-residential properties in 2019 generated $6.69 million in revenue, which was used to offset program costs.
  • With your efforts the City diverts 43 per cent of residential waste away from landfill through Ottawa’s Blue, Black, and Green Bins and leaf and yard waste programs.
  • The City’s owned and operated landfill is expected to be full by 2041.