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

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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Emerging Economy Task Force Final Report – March 2020

Background (from preface): “We were given a unique mandate to examine the current state of B.C.’s economy and provide analysis…

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Marking the Way: How Legislating Climate Milestones Clarifies Pathways to Long-Term Goals

Report by Canadian Institute for Climate Choices sets down how “climate accountability frameworks can help bridge the gap between medium-…

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Leading Economists: Green Coronavirus Recovery also Better for Economy

New research, based on interviews with more than 200 economists and economic officials, suggests that spending money on climate-friendly “green”…

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