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October is Waste Reduction Month and the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George is taking the opportunity to host information nights in several Regional District communities.

Talking Trash events will be held in Mackenzie, Valemount, McBride, and Prince George. Doors open at 6:30 PM giving residents time to visit information booths and displays covering topics such as reducing food waste, recycling, illegal dumping, and composting. There will be a presentation at 7:00 PM followed by a Q&A session where staff will be on hand to answer questions. The event runs until 8:30 PM and refreshments will be provided.

Mackenzie:         Thursday October 3rd      Mackenzie Recreation Centre - Callahan Room

Valemount:        Wednesday October 9th Valemount Community Hall

McBride:              Thursday October 10th   Robson Valley Community Centre

Prince George:  Tuesday October 22nd     Civic Centre Room 204-206



Demolition, Land Clearing and Construction Waste (DLC Waste)

Did you know?

The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George is working hard to minimize the amount of waste that ends up in our landfills.

With a Regional Solid Waste Management Plan in place, the RDFFG is promoting the reducing, reusing and recycling of solid waste to help save valuable space in our landfills. Our goal is to reduce our annual disposal rate to 570 kg per capita.

Working together in partnership with the commercial sector is key to the success of this plan as the sector is responsible for almost 60% of the waste delivered to RDFFG’s Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill. Key steps being undertaken by the RDFFG include:

  • Updating the existing bylaw to better define the different types of DLC waste, creating more categories for source separation.
  • Creating tools to educate and inform the commercial sector on DLC source separation.
  • Considering the implementation of lower tipping fees for source separated DLC waste.

Why source separate DLC waste?

In 2016 16,000 tonnes of DLC waste ended up in landfills in the RDFFG. Over 80% of this DLC waste had value and could have been recycled:

                                                             Estimated tonnage
Painted or Treated Wood                        6,500 – 7,500
Asphalt Products                                     2,500 – 3,000
Clean Wood                                            1,500 – 2,000
Metals                                                        650 – 750
Concrete, Masonry & Rubble                    500 -- 600

Let’s work together and start source separating waste!

Here are a few tips on starting to source separate DLC waste:

  • Draw up a plan to consider what can be deconstructed for valuable parts instead of demolishing the whole building.
  • Make sure there is enough time in the demolition plan to source separate the demolished materials.
  • Have space at the demolition site for piling or placing bins for each type of waste.

Below are the newly updated DLC waste categories that we are asking you to source separate your waste into:



Demolition, Land Clearing and Construction Waste:

A mixed load of any of the following materials. Source separating these materials before disposal is encouraged!



Petroleum by-product, mixed with gravel or crushed rock, used for paving roads and parking areas.


Asphalt Shingles:

Roofing shingles made from petroleum by-product, not including wrap or torch on membrane.


Clean Soil:

Soil, sediment or fill material without contaminants, refuse or large rocks.


Stumps and Large Branches:

Tree stumps free of soil, shrubs and tree branches larger than 75 mm in diameter.


Clean Wood Waste:

Untreated or unpainted wood waste typically from construction or demolition projects. Small amounts of metal (nails and screws) are acceptable.


Painted and Treated Wood Waste:

Wood typically from construction or demolition that is painted, treated with preservatives, or contains adhesives or fillers. No tile, gypsum, glue, carpet, dirt or soil or non-wood materials are attached.


Gypsum Board or Wallboard:

Construction scraps, painted wallboard and/or covered in wallpaper, vinyl, or ceramic tile, but not containing asbestos. Also known as drywall.



Hardened mixture of cement with sand, gravel and/or rebar. Rebar protruding from cement should not be longer than 1 ft in length.


Masonry and Rubble:

Loose mass of gravel, bricks, or crushed rock.


Scrap Metal:

Sheet metal, siding, roofing, rebar, flashing, pipes, window frames, doors, furnaces, bathtubs, fencing, bicycles, but not where metal is less than 50% of the product weight and cannot be easily separated from non-metallic components (e.g. a couch).


All categories of source separated DLC waste are $90 per tonne at scaled facilities with the following exceptions:

  • Concrete is $107.20 per tonne
  • Clean Soil and small loads of Scrap Metal are free of charge

Double charges may apply to mixed loads. All fees subject to change.


Love Food Hate Waste Canada s a behavioral campaign aimed at Canadians to reduce the amount of food going to waste.

Food For Thought:

  • 17% of all waste going to the Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill in 2018 was food waste.
  • 63% of the food Canadians throw away could, at one point, have been eaten.
  • For the average Canadian household that amounts to 140 kilograms of wasted food per year – at a cost of more than $1,100 per year.
  • For Canadian households that amounts to almost 2.2 million tonnes of edible food wasted each year, costing Canadians more than $17 billion.
  • All types of food are wasted, but in Canada the most commonly wasted foods by weight are: 
    • Vegetables
    • Fruit
    • Leftovers
    • Bread and bakery items
    • Dairy and eggs
  • Every day in Canada we waste:
    • 2,400,000 potatoes
    • 1,225,000 apples
    • 1,200,000 tomatoes
    • 1,000,000 cups of milk
    • 750,000 loaves of bread
    • 555,000 bananas
    • 470,000 heads of lettuce
    • and 450,000 eggs
  • Canada’s 2.2 million tonnes of edible food is the equivalent of 9.8 million tonnes of C02 and 2.1 million cars on the road. Every tonne of household food waste that can be avoided is the equivalent of taking one car off the road each year.

Wasting food means that the resources used to produce that food are also wasted (e.g. water, land, fuel)

Edible food doesn’t belong in the garbage. Composting food waste is better than disposing. But an even better way to lessen our impact on the environment is to reduce the amount of food waste we produce in the first place. (Reference: EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy)

The objective of Love Food Hate Waste Canada is to inspire and empower residents to reduce the amount of food they waste at home. It is a behaviour change campaign developed by WRAP UK. The UK campaign resulted in a 21 percent reduction in avoidable household food waste in its first five years, saving UK consumers £13 billion pounds.

In Canada, a Love Food Hate Waste Campaign has been in place since 2015 in Metro Vancouver. Love Food Hate Waste Canada builds on the proven success of the UK and Metro Vancouver campaigns. It aims to help Canadians waste less by offering simple and actionable tips.

Wasting food hurts the environment and costs you money. The good news is that this problem is easy to solve. Love Food Hate Waste has easy tips to help you get started. We’re asking people to start by making just one small change to waste less. There are three major ways we can all reduce our food waste:


For more information on how you can reduce your food waste, visit Love Food Hate Waste Canada.

The Regional District is partnering with the Major Appliance Recycling Roundtable Stewardship Program starting January 1, 2019 to offer a new waste reduction initiative. The partnership with MARR will allow residences of the Regional District to drop off their large appliances for free, including appliances that contain ozone depleting substances, as well as washers, dryers, stoves and a variety of other approved appliances. All appliances must be clean and empty of food.

Approved MARR ODS containing appliances that can be dropped off free of charge at select facilities include:

      • Full-Size Refrigerators and Wine Coolers/Beverage Centres
      • Compact Refrigerators and Wine Coolers/Beverage Centres
      • Freezers
      • Room Air Conditioners
      • Portable Air Conditioners
      • Dehumidifiers

Approved MARR ODS containing appliances will be accepted at the following facilities free of charge:

      • Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill
      • Mackenzie Regional Landfill
      • Hixon Regional Transfer Station
      • Bear Lake Regional Transfer Station
      • McBride Regional Transfer Station
      • Valemount Regional Transfer Station

Other appliances that are part of the MARR program that can be recycled at selected facilities include:

      • Clothes Washers
      • Clothes Dryers
      • Ranges
      • Range Hoods and Downdrafts
      • Built-In Ovens
      • Built-In and Over the Range Microwave Ovens
      • Surface Cooking Units
      • Dishwashers
      • Food Waste Disposers
      • Trash Compactors
      • Built-In Electric Water Dispensers

The following facilities will accept MARR non-ODS containing appliances free of charge:

      • Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill
      • Mackenzie Regional Landfill
      • Hixon Regional Transfer Station
      • Bear Lake Regional Transfer Station
      • McBride Regional Transfer Station
      • Valemount Regional Transfer Station
      • Cummings Road Regional Transfer Station
      • Shelley Regional Transfer Station
      • Vanway Recycling Depot and Transfer Station
      • Quinn Street Recycling Depot

For more information on the MARR program, please go to http://www.marrbc.ca/

For information on any other product not part of the MARR program, please contact the RDFFG at 250-960-4400.

Back to School Waste Reduction Tips

It’s that time of year again when the school bells ring, and back to school shopping is advertised everywhere. Whether your child is starting Grade 1, or you are entering the last year of school-supplies.pngyour Master’s degree, we want you thinking about the amount of waste you can reduce by following a few simple steps before back to school shopping. Your wallet would also like to thank you!


With the ever-rising gas prices, now is a good time to look at alternative routes of transportation to and from school. You and your family can look at taking public transport or organizing a carpool with those in your area. If you live close enough another idea would be walking or biking. These save you money, reduce your carbon footprint and are a healthy option to start and finish the day.


When planning yours or your kids lunch, the amount of packaging is something to always be aware of. Use a reusable lunch box instead of paper bags, get a sturdy metal one or BPA free lunchbox.pngplastic one. Instead of wrapping the sandwich in plastic wrap or a plastic bag, use a reusable container. Try the healthy alternative of fruit which comes in its own compostable packaging instead of individually plastic wrapped snacks.

School Supplies

Before buying new, take stock of what you have. You don’t need brand new pencils when all the old ones are still functioning. When purchasing new items, look for those that have recycled content in them.


They can cost as much as or more than the school fees. A great way to save costs is to buy used. For those of you in college or university, many places have dedicated buy and sell groups with students selling their old books. Further, if you can’t find what you are looking for on there, the bookstores will likely have used editions in stock, priced at a discount. books.jpgSometimes you can even find an eBook version online.


Kids are always growing, as are fashion trends. Before you buy a new wardrobe, see if there is a clothing swap happening in the area. Another good alternative is to shop for secondhand clothes at thrift stores. This usually helps the community and non-for profits, but also leaves cash in your pocket. If you don’t go this route and want new threads, look for well made sustainable fabrics like organic cotton and bamboo.

Going Forward

Label everything, this makes it easier to find lost items and saves schools from dealing with too many lost and found at the end of the year. Explain to your kids why you are making these waste reducing choices, and hopefully they will grow up to help the world reduce further. Finally, these tips can be used as a steppingstone to a more sustainable and waste reducing you which can be applied throughout the years to come.



What is Sort Smart?

Sort Smart is a campaign to help you divert recyclables from your garbage and the landfill. It provides guidance on how you can properly sort your recycling and where to take it.

Why should I participate in Sort Smart?

Taking the time to divert and recycle your products helps increase the lifespan of our landfill. Being smart about how you bring solid waste to the landfill can save you money.

Where can I take my sorted recyclables?

To find the closest recycling location to you, please visit: https://www.rcbc.ca/recyclepedia/search

How do I Sort Smart?

Check out the guide we’ve provided down below!



Sort Smart in Prince George

In addition to those items above, the following is a handy guide on all products that you can recycle in Prince George and where to take them.



Commercial Cardboard Diversion Program

As of January 1st, 2019, the RDFFG wants to remind all commercial customers that the final phase of the Commercial Cardboard Diversion program begins. The tolerated amount of cardboard decreases to 5% of the entire load.

Any commercial load of waste that contains more than 5% cardboard will be subject to a surcharge under Bylaw 3023. Removing this recyclable item from the waste stream will save valuable landfill space, energy and resources.

All loads of cardboard must be clean of contaminants. This includes: Styrofoam packaging, plastic and metal. Cardboard should be folded to make as much space as possible in each bin. Cardboard bins that have high levels of contamination require additional time and resources to sort and may even be rejected if contamination levels are too high.

For more information, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George at 250-960-4400 or email environment@rdffg.bc.ca.



The commercial sector is the largest contributor to the amount of waste generated, almost 60%, and represents the greatest potential for successful diversion.

Residents will not be effected by this new program. The Regional District encourages all residents to sort smart and recycle their cardboard.

Phase 2 of the program begins January 1, 2018.

There are two components to the implementation of this disposal program: threshold and surcharge. The term threshold refers to the tolerated amount of cardboard allowed in each load and surcharge refers to the penalty charge if the amount exceeds the threshold.








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Businesses may contact one of the haulers below to determine what cardboard recycling service is right for them:

Blue Jewel Recycling Services: 250-960-8531
Cascades Recovery Inc.: 250-563-0233
Waste Management: 250-962-0369
West Bin: 250-563-2467

If a business would like to recycle SMALL LOADS of cardboard on their own, there are a variety of LOCATIONS where cardboard can be recycled.