Total waste to landfill in 2021 fell to its lowest level ever recorded, however the landfilled waste generated per population equivalent increased to 368 kg/person. The zero waste target for 2030 is still a long reach, but the trajectory of total waste is heading in a promising direction if Whistler can continue to lower its per capita waste generation.
The manner in which we currently offer visitors and residents the services and products required to fulfil their lifestyle needs leads to the degradation of nature, high energy use and can result in rapid ‘waste’ production. Diversion through recycling and composting of these materials reduces the amount of waste sent to the landfill and can become new sources of material for products. Landfills occupy large parcels of land, emit greenhouse gases, act as wildlife attractants and, among other threats, can leach harmful materials into the surrounding environment. Landfills also emit methane gas, contributing to climate change.
This indicator measures the total kilograms of solid waste material sent to the landfill from the Nesters and Function Junction waste depots and the Waste Transfer Station in the Callaghan. While most demolition waste is included in the measure, some demolition waste skips Whistler’s transfer station and as a result is not captured in this measure. Whistler’s landfill was closed prior to 2010 and waste currently goes to the Rabanco Landfill in Washington State.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler no longer has an operating landfill but continues to monitor the site for impacts to the local environments. The former landfill site is located approximately 8 km west of Whistler Village and is accessed off Highway 99 on Cheakamus Lake Road. While the landfill site was closed in October 2005, annual environmental monitoring and reporting is required as per the Landfill Operational Certificate and Whistler Landfill Closure Plan. Reports monitoring the closure of the Whistler Landfill are included below.
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