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

Bringing Our Food System Home: Report on the Okanagan Bioregion Food System Project

About the Okanagan Bioregion Food System Project Strengthening regional food systems is often proposed to address many of our food system’s…

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Aligning COVID-19 Recovery with Local Government Climate Action Practical Community-Scale Actions, Solutions and Strategies for BC Municipalities

This report was created to support local governments in sustaining climate action while creating jobs postpandemic. COVID-19 has had an…

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Community Toolkit for Rights of Nature

Earth Law Centre This Toolkit aims to concisely summarize the history, drivers, and results of the Rights of Nature movement…

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The Protective Value of Nature: A Review of the Effectiveness of Natural Infrastructure

Patty Glick, Emily Powell, Sara Schlesinger, Jessie Ritter, Bruce A. Stein, and Amanda Fuller The Protective Value of Nature summarizes…

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