Solid Waste Management Plan

Solid Waste Management Plan Amendment 2018

The CSRD has purchased a 20-acre property adjacent to the existing Salmon Arm Landfill site.  Activities proposed for this property include:

  • storage of recyclables and other materials destined for end markets, 
  • potential future relocation of site entrance and scale facilities,
  • buffer zone for the existing landfill property,
  • landfilling solid waste.

In order to use the property for solid waste purposes, the CSRD was required by the Ministry of Environment (MoE) to amend its Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP). The process to amend the SWMP began in the Fall of 2017 and the amendment report was submitted to the ministry in March 2018.  On June 3, 2019 the CSRD’s SWMP amendment was approved by the MoE with requirements to be addressed by 2021, 2023 and 2028.

The next full Solid Waste Management Plan renewal is to be submitted to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy by December 31, 2028 or earlier. In order to meet that deadline the CSRD will begin the renewal process in 2027.

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The Property

The 20-acre property is located at 2750 - 40th Street SE in Salmon Arm. The property is currently being used for industrial activities including heavy equipment storage, recycled concrete and asphalt stockpiling, and contains maintenance and office buildings. The property has also been used as a private demolition/construction landfill site and has an active landfill permit, issued by the Province. Approximately 6,500 tonnes of demolition/construction waste has been buried on this property.

Why did the CSRD pursue this opportunity?

The CSRD currently stores and manages materials for recycling and reuse at the Salmon Arm Landfill including:

  • yard and garden waste
  • composting operations
  • wood waste
  • asphalt shingles
  • drywall
  • metal
  • concrete  

The existing Salmon Arm landfill is expected to close by 2035. If land options exist to relocate the existing recycling areas, it could extend the life of the landfill until 2050. As the landfill is consumed by the burial of solid waste, the CSRD will need find additional space to relocate these recycling areas, as well as space for new recycling initiatives. In addition, as the CSRD maximizes its existing landfill space, it is prudent to explore opportunities to secure future landfill space opportunities as it transitions to zero waste. 

The purchase of the subject property provides options for the CSRD to:

  • Relocate and utilize space for recycling activities, freeing up space at Salmon Arm Landfill;
  • Maintain larger buffer zones around the current landfill;
  • Create opportunities to extend the existing landfill capacity by 27 years;
  • Fulfill other CSRD equipment storage needs.

Cost of Acquisition

The purchase price of the 20-acre property has been agreed at $750,000.  The funds for the acquisition are currently available in the Solid Waste Management reserve account.    

Rezoning of Existing Property

The property is currently zoned as A2 Agricultural. The City of Salmon Arm has indicated that the property will need to be re-zoned to reflect new uses related to solid waste management and recycling. The existing Salmon Arm Landfill property is also zoned A2 Agricultural and will need to be re-zoned to be in compliance with current activities.  The City of Salmon Arm has indicated that an Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment will also be required.  The CSRD has made the necessary applications to the City to initiate the re-zoning and OCP amendment process.  This process will allow further opportunities for the public to provide feedback. The City of Salmon Arm has indicated the matter will come before City Council in August, 2019.

Community Feedback Opportunities

The CSRD developed an electronic survey to receive community feedback on this initiative. The electronic survey was open until February 19, 2018 and is now closed.  A series of community meetings were held in Salmon Arm, Sicamous, Revelstoke and Golden in January and February, 2018.

For further information, please contact: 

Ben Van Nostrand, Team Leader
Environmental Health Services 

T:  250.833.5940

Solid Waste Management Plan 2009 - 2029

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) conducted a review of its Regional Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) in 2014, which was adopted by the Board of Directors in the spring of 2015.  The review identifed new initiatives for reduce, reuse, recycle and disposal programs for the next five years, as many of the 2009 recommendations had been completed.  The review identified new priorities and established an implementation schedule for both the new and existing priorities that had not yet been completed. 

It is important to note that the process relied on input from residents, business and other stakeholders residing within member municipalities and rural areas alike.

Open houses were conducted in seven communities, and an on line survey was used to get input on a list of options from residents and business owners in the CSRD.



Year Title Report
2015 CSRD - Solid Waste Management Plan Review 2015 Download
2009 CSRD - Solid Waste Management Plan (Executive Summary) Download

Plan Monitoring Advisory Committee

The CSRD encourages residents to get involved.    

The Plan Monitoring Advisory Committee (PMAC) assists CSRD staff by providing multi-stakeholder advice on related issues identified through the implementation of the Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP), including but not limited to: policy, new initiatives, plan amendments, community feedback, staff reports, program performance, public consultation, and future updates.

Individuals who best satisfy the following requirements are recommended to the CSRD Board of Directors for appointment:

  • Interest, leadership and passion for solid waste management and recycling initiatives.
  • Desire to share knowledge and experience in a group setting.

Meetings are held two times per year in the fall and spring at rotating locations throughout the CSRD.  Members are appointed for a three (3) year term.

If you are interested, please submit a completed Expression of Interest Form.  Please see the Committee Terms of Reference and minutes from previous meetings.

PMAC Expression of Interest Application                                                                                                        Download
PMAC Terms of Reference Document Download
PMAC Meeting Minutes Link
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