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Draft Zero Waste Plan
August 25, 2017
Draft Zero Waste Plan

Oxford County takes a bold step towards becoming a leader in waste reduction

Update – August 2017 – Advancing towards Zero Waste

Oxford County is acting on its Zero Waste objectives of reducing the amount of waste being produced in, and exported out of, Oxford County by maximizing recovery efforts and extending the lifespan of the Oxford County Waste Management Facility.

A series of reports and technical documents have been received by Oxford County Council following a series of Waste Audits and an assessment of Waste Recovery and Reduction Technologies (WRRT).

The waste audits were conducted by AET Group which included:

  • Audit of curbside waste and blue-box recycling in Oxford County
  • Audit of waste being landfilled at the Waste Management Facility in Salford
  • Audit of Industrial, Commercial, Institutional and Agriculture waste in Oxford County
  • Audit of suspected tonnage leaving Oxford County for disposal in other jurisdictions

An assessment of Waste Recovery and Reduction Technologies was completed by SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd. This included a review of existing approaches to waste reduction and compiled into scenarios and then screened and evaluated using the County’s Multi Criteria Analysis Tool (MCA), a resource included in the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan to help guide councils, organizations, businesses and others in making decisions that support a sustainable future.

The technologies explored in the assessment include a Materials Recovery Facility, a wet anaerobic digestion plant, and Mechanical Biological Treatment.

Seven scenarios have been presented consisting of different types and combinations of technology that are considered appropriate for Oxford County.

Next steps

  1. SLR Consulting will proceed with a Request for Information (RFI) process to vendors of Waste Recovery and Reduction Technologies.
  2. A draft RFI and evaluation criteria will be presented to the Zero Waste Committee and Smart Energy Oxford for comment. The results of this evaluation will be summarized in a draft report that will include a proposed list of approved vendors/technologies for review.
  3. The public will be asked for their comments through Speak Up, Oxford! and an in-person Public Consultation Centre (PCC).
  4. Comments received will be included into final recommendations that will be presented in a report for Oxford County Council’s consideration in the first quarter of 2018.

Reports & Documents

Council Report PW 2017-42 – Advancing Towards Zero Waste

Waste Management Facility & Curbside Waste Composition Study

Report cover and table of contents
Executive summary
Approach and methodology
Results and discussion: single family residential curbside audit
Results and discussion: physical landfill audit
Results and discussion: visual landfill audit
Tables, figures and appendices

Industrial, Commercial, Institutional Waste in Oxford County

Table of contents
Executive summary
Introduction, approach and methodology
IC&I sector profile
Estimate of IC&I and C&D waste quantities
IC&I sector survey
Hauler survey results
IC&I model results, conclusions and recommendations
Tables, figures and appendices

Assessment of Waste Recovery and Reduction Technologies

Executive summary
Table of contents
Assessment of existing waste recovery technologies
Case studies of implemented technologies
Review of new and emerging technologies
Relationship of EPR and resource recovery to Oxford County
Economic potential of full resource recovery
Statement of limitations
Tables, figures and appendices

Technical memos: 

Technical memo 1
Technical memo 2

Technical memo 3
Technical memo 4

Technical memo 5
Technical memo 6

Technical memo 7
Technical memo 8


Draft Zero Waste Plan - September, 2016

The Draft Zero Waste Plan has been received by Oxford County Council, opening the strategy document for public review, while seeding $400,000 in funding to begin work on advancing the plan. 

The initial funding will allow research to begin with the ultimate goals of reducing the amount of waste being produced in, and exported out of, Oxford County. This includes maximizing recovery efforts from our waste stream and extending the lifespan of the Oxford County Waste Management site to 2100, from the current expected lifespan of 2043. The initial funding for the plan is being financed from the Landfill and Waste Diversion reserve fund.  

The first steps in developing the Zero Waste Plan will involve: 

  • A detailed audit of Oxford's current waste stream
    This includes understanding the composition of the waste currently landfilled Oxford’s Waste Management Site at Salford and the composition of the current waste stream being exported from Oxford County for disposal outside of our borders.
  • An assessment of Resource Recovery Technologies

    Waste reduction is a key component of the Zero Waste Plan; however, beyond reduction, extending Oxford’s landfill site lifespan to 2100 will require a dramatic reduction in the volume of material landfilled within the next five years. 

    A thorough assessment of the various resource recovery technologies available internationally is vital to reducing Oxford’s current dependence on waste disposal through landfill.
  • Submit your feedback nowPublic consultation
    The Zero Waste Plan will be unique to Oxford, and will be looking for community-made solutions. Members of the public are encouraged to read the draft plan (below) and submit ideas, questions and comments through Speak Up, Oxford!

Developing a Zero Waste strategy is a key environmental goal in the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and also aligns with provincial strategies like the Ontario Climate Change Action Plan, the Waste Free Ontario Act, 2016 and the Waste Free Ontario Strategy.

      Sept. 28 report to Oxford County Council -Read Council Report CAO 2016-14

Draft Zero Waste Plan 


1. Implementation Status and Outcomes

2. Zero Waste Targets

3. Planning and Orientation

4. Zero Waste Institutionalization

5. Local Stakeholder Engagement

6. Technologies and Activities

7. Buildings

8. Mobility and Transportation of Waste

9. Waste Reduction and Resource Recovery

10. Knowledge Generation

11. Public Engagement

12. Participation in Networks

Other Resources

      Strategy for a Waste Free Ontario: Building a Circular Economy

      Waste Free Ontario Act 2016

      Waste Diversion Transition Act, 2016

      Ontario's Climate Change Strategy

      Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan

      Oxford County Waste Management Strategy 2014