Garbage & Recycling Statistics

Garbage & Recycling Statistics

There is concern that Canada’s landfills are reaching capacity and it is becoming increasingly difficult to find sites for new ones. Landfills also produce approximately 25% of Canada’s methane emissions (methane is a powerful greenhouse gas).Recycling can help reduce the amount of waste entering landfills and help conserve natural resources.

Over 34 million tonnes of waste was handled in Canada handled during 2008 according to figures released by Statistics Canada - that translates to about 1031 kg of waste per Canadian.

The quantity of waste sent to public and private waste disposal facilities was 25.9 million tonnes, practically unchanged since 2006.

The remaining 8.5 million tonnes was sent for recycling or composting, up 9.7% from 2006. About one-third of waste for disposal came from residential sources, while the other two-thirds came from non-residential sources.

The amount of residential waste disposal fell by 4.0% from 2006 to 8.5 million tonnes in 2008. Meanwhile, the amount of non-residential waste rose by 1.8% to 17.3 million tonnes. Nationally, the quantity of materials diverted from disposal for recycling or composting increased by about 10% from 2006 to 2008. Electronic waste recycling recorded the biggest increase (+115%). This was followed by plastic materials, which rose by 40%.

Local governments spent about $2.6 billion on waste management in 2008, up from $2.1 billion two years earlier. Provincially, municipalities that spent more money per capita on waste management reported diverting greater amounts of waste per person.

Reducing the amount of municipal solid waste we produce is by far the most effective way to reduce the flow of garbage into landfill.  To be really effective, we have to incorporate the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle – into our daily routine.  This means reducing and reusing materials and packaging wherever possible.

Public Notice:  Bear River Water Advisory

POSTED: December 14, 2018

Please see the Public Notice attached advising the public not to use water directly from the Bear River for domestic purposes as of today, December 14.

November 28, 2018:  Public Awareness Test

POSTED: November 28, 2018

The Provincial Test of the "Alert-Ready System" will be conducted on November 28th at 1:55 PM local time (2:55 PM local time in Quebec). The test will be distributed on TV, radio and compatible wireless devices. Please note, not all mobile devices will receive the test message. For general device compatibility, you can refer to the Alert Ready website here. We recommend that you contact your wireless service provider with specific inquiries regarding public alerting services and device compatibility. Your provider will be best able to answer specific compatibility questions.

Changes to Waste Management in Stewart

POSTED: November 23, 2018

The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine will be managing solid waste in Stewart in collaboration with the District of Stewart.  Effective December 1, 2018 please bring your clean segregated recyclable materials to the RECYCLING DIVERSION CENTRE at the Stewart Landfill.  For more information regarding these changes, please click the Public Notice issued by the Regional District.

Christmas Tree Light-up

POSTED: November 23, 2018

The Christmas Tree Light-Up is scheduled for Friday, November 30 at 7:00pm - for more details please see the attached poster.

Christmas Card Contest Winners

POSTED: November 22, 2018

We are pleased to announce the winners of the District's Christmas Card Winners!

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: February 21, 2018

Take a look at this Auto Tour video produced in conjunction with Destination BC, Kermode Tourism, and the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine-displaying spectacular views of scenery near Hazelton, New Hazelton, the Nass Valley and Stewart, with Dr. Joseph Gosnell narrating:  www.stewartcassiarhighway.com 

Salmon Glacier Auto Tour Brochure

POSTED: February 21, 2018

Here is an excellent resource to accompany you on your travel to visit the spectacular Salmon Glacier - Auto Tour Brochure

BC Hydro Installation of Bird Guarding at Stewart Substation

POSTED: January 8, 2018

Please see the attached information regarding BC Hydro's recent installation of Bird Guarding at the Stewart Substation