Solid Waste Management Master Plan

Hamilton’s Solid Waste Management Master Plan (PDF, 1.9 MB) is intended to provide the City of Hamilton with a roadmap for how it should manage the City’s residential solid waste over the next 25 years. Including blue box recycling, source separated (green cart) organics, yard waste, household hazardous waste, garbage, public education, and other waste management programs.

The purpose of the Solid Waste Management Master Plan is to:

  • Identify the need to undertake enhancement of existing facilities and the development of new facilities to help move the City beyond the 65% waste diversion rate.
  • reflect the community’s desire for a waste management system that is accessible to all Hamiltonians, including how promotion is carried out and how the program is delivered to households.
  • Identify the need for Hamilton’s waste management system to optimize its economic opportunities and efficiencies.

The City of Hamilton’s review of the 2001 Solid Waste Management Master Plan (SWMMP) included consultation with stakeholders and the public on the guiding principles, goals and objectives and program options that will guide the City in managing its waste for the next 25 years.

The 2012 SWMMP Guiding Principles build upon those from the 2001 SWMMP and have been updated to include the community’s philosophy and the provincial waste management value chain of reduce, reuse, diversion and disposal.

Guiding Principles

  1. The City of Hamilton must lead and encourage the changes necessary to adopt the principle of Waste Reduction.;
  2. The Glanbrook Landfill is a valuable resource. The City of Hamilton must minimize residual waste and optimize the use of the City’s diversion and disposal facilities. 
  3. The City of Hamilton must maintain responsibility for the residual wastes generated within its boundaries. 

The review showed that the City of Hamilton has a robust residential solid waste management system that at status quo should achieve a 55% waste  diversion rate by 2021 as existing programs mature.

To help the City meet and exceed the target of 65% waste diversion, enhancement of existing facilities and the development of new facilities will have to be considered at key points. The following recommendations form the basis of the 2011 SWMMP:

  • Implement the “enhanced approach” to waste diversion, which may include:
    • Targeted education;
    • Focusing on the multiresidential and commercial sectors;
    • Managing construction and renovation materials;
    • Adding materials to the recycling programs where feasible;
    • Continued lobbying for Extended Producer Responsibility;
    • Municipal processing partnerships; and
    • Reduced garbage collection frequency in 2020.
  • Undertake a feasibility study in 2013 of expanding capacity at the Central Composting Facility (CCF).
  • Undertake a feasibility study in 2017 of Single Stream processing and expansion of capacity at the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF).
  • Undertake an operational review and needs analysis in 2017 of Transfer Stations and Community Recycling Centres.
  • Undertake a Five Year Review of the SWMMP in 2017.
  • Use the Glanbrook Landfill for disposal for 5 years, and consider alternative disposal capacity in the next SWMMP review in 5 years.
  • Merge the advisory roles of the SWMMP Steering Committee and the Waste Reduction Task Force.
  • In the implementation of these recommendations, consideration will be given to the potential impacts on illegal dumping.

This report documents the process followed and rationale for the 2012 SWWMP.
Thanks are extended to all those who contributed ideas and information.