City Council approved a two-year process to develop the City’s second Solid Waste Master Plan.

The new 30-year master plan will provide the overall framework, direction and goals for solid waste management, diversion and reduction policy over the short, medium and long term. It will look at how the City collects and processes waste, and how to increase waste-diversion rates. Refocusing the City’s approach to waste management will help keep Ottawa clean and livable and help extend the life of the Trail Road Landfill, currently expected to reach capacity in 2042.

After extensive public engagement and consultation, the master plan will come to the Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management for consideration by the end of 2021, along with the initial five-year implementation plan. Staff will provide updates and new implementation plans every five years, making the master plan adaptable as new technologies, legislation, policies, information and ideas emerge.