The purpose of this initiative is to develop programs and initiate projects throughout the Valley that can utilize the organic and inorganic waste currently being burned or buried in our landfills and turn it into commercially viable products.

Forest waste combined with municipal solid waste can be bio-digested to create biofuels to heat our homes and power our transportation systems.  Residential and commercial food waste combined with green agricultural waste can be composted to replenish our soils.  Recovered plastics can be combined with cellulosic fiber to create bio-composite building materials.

These solutions and many others are proven technologies deployed by municipalities in Canada and around the world.  Turning our waste streams into valuable resources will save money, create jobs, and add to the circular economy of our region.

The OSLC is currently developing an inventory of available waste streams and assessing technologies to utilize them.  Public private partnerships and the cooperation of cities, regional districts and the Bands will be essential to bringing these projects to fruition.

Zero Waste Valley Resources

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A New Future for Old Forests: What We Heard

In July 2019, government appointed panel members Garry Merkel and Al Gorley to lead an old-growth strategic review. They gathered…

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Keeping Nature in our Future A Biodiversity Conservation Strategy for the Okanagan Region

Keeping Nature in our Future, ‘A Biodiversity Conservation Strategy for the Okanagan Region’ (the Strategy) is an environmental policy framework that…

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5 Ways to Unlock the Value of the Circular Economy

From the world Resources Institute: Governments and businesses are sitting on a massive opportunity to lessen their climate impact and…

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Community Resilience and Wellbeing Amid the Climate Crisis

Universities or other institutions wanting to better support community wellbeing in relation to the climate crisis can now draw upon…

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