Waste Management Strategy

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Undertaking a Waste Management Strategy was identified as part of Council's Strategic Plan Refresh under the priority area of being a Green City.

Under the Environment Pillar, the Goal statement reads:

We will continue to ensure environmental integrity is maintained in Owen Sound and the surrounding area by protecting our environment and natural assets. We will protect, preserve, maintain and enhance Owen Sound’s scenic and natural heritage, and we will do so by using resources wisely, cooperating with adjoining communities and agencies, and taking responsibility for City actions.

The Waste Management Strategy will place an emphasis on waste reduction, reuse, and recycling activities that are environmentally sustainable and cost-effective.

The strategy will also work to mitigate climate change impacts under the current waste management system and find solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Waste Management is one area that can have a direct impact on Climate Action at the municipal level.


Are you interested in hearing more about the 15 options that are prioritized for consideration in our Solid Waste Management Strategy? Join us at the following:

- Virtual Open House: Tuesday October 4, 2022 at 6pm via Zoom
Register here


- Virtual Open House: Wednesday October 5, 2022 at 2pm via Zoom
Register here


- Community Pop-Up Event at the Owen Sound Farmers Market: Saturday October 15, 2022 at 8:30 am

Undertaking a Waste Management Strategy was identified as part of Council's Strategic Plan Refresh under the priority area of being a Green City.

Under the Environment Pillar, the Goal statement reads:

We will continue to ensure environmental integrity is maintained in Owen Sound and the surrounding area by protecting our environment and natural assets. We will protect, preserve, maintain and enhance Owen Sound’s scenic and natural heritage, and we will do so by using resources wisely, cooperating with adjoining communities and agencies, and taking responsibility for City actions.

The Waste Management Strategy will place an emphasis on waste reduction, reuse, and recycling activities that are environmentally sustainable and cost-effective.

The strategy will also work to mitigate climate change impacts under the current waste management system and find solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Waste Management is one area that can have a direct impact on Climate Action at the municipal level.


Are you interested in hearing more about the 15 options that are prioritized for consideration in our Solid Waste Management Strategy? Join us at the following:

- Virtual Open House: Tuesday October 4, 2022 at 6pm via Zoom
Register here


- Virtual Open House: Wednesday October 5, 2022 at 2pm via Zoom
Register here


- Community Pop-Up Event at the Owen Sound Farmers Market: Saturday October 15, 2022 at 8:30 am

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The City of Owen Sound is developing a Waste Management Strategy to provide strategic direction for managing the City’s waste. Through this Strategy the City will be examining how new approaches in waste management and consumer trends will shape the future of waste management in Owen Sound and how to improve our current waste management system for a more sustainable future. 

    In July we conducted a survey to gather the public’s input on what ideas we should be looking at for Owen Sound’s future waste management system. Based on the results of the survey, and a review of the City’s current state, over 30 opportunities were developed. There were a number of opportunities that were consolidated as they were close in scope and a number of suggestions are being covered off through other legislation.  15 options are being prioritized for consideration. 

    We note that we received some ideas from survey responses regarding the City’s Blue Box Program; however, the City, as part of a Provincial Initiative, is transitioning to a program called, Individual Producer Responsibility for the Blue Box Program where producers will be responsible for the Blue Box Program. More information on the Blue Box Program transition is available here: https://rpra.ca/programs/blue-box/blue-box-transition/.  Any questions on the City’s Blue Box Program transition can also be directed to Rick Chappell, Supervisor of Environmental Services at rchappell@owensound.ca.

    We would like your input on the recommendations for Waste Management that we are exploring for implementation in Owen Sound.

    This survey will close on Sunday, October 16th.

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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The City of Owen Sound is developing a Waste Management Strategy to provide strategic direction for managing the City’s waste. Through this Strategy, we will be examining how new approaches in waste management and consumer trends will shape the future of waste management in Owen Sound, and how to improve our current waste management system for a more sustainable future. 

    Do you have ideas on what the waste management system should look like in the City of Owen Sound?  

    This survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.  Please share it with your friends and family! 

    Survey closes on August 5th at 5pm.

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