Waste Management Legal Issues

The Environmental Management Act (the “EMA”) and the various regulations enacted under the EMA regulate waste within British Columbia. Local governments play an important role in regulating waste in British Columbia through the development of waste management plans and bylaws and by providing waste management services.

The first part of this paper will survey the waste management regime under the EMA and its various regulations. It will look at waste management plans as well as organic waste, recycling and landfill gas regulations. The second part of this paper will look at possible avenues to address the inevitable nuisance complaints that are associated with waste as well as waste management procurement and contracting considerations for local governments.

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