Where waste comes from in B.C.
Waste can look like household garbage, food waste, littered coastlines or discarded building materials.
Each person in B.C. threw away an average of 501 kg of solid waste in 2019. Industries in B.C. also make waste when they throw away extra materials.
Tracking pollution from waste
We measure climate pollution from disposing of and burning waste and treating wastewater. We also measure climate pollution from large wood waste landfills used by industry.
Climate pollution from waste caused 5% of pollution in B.C. in 2020.
Reducing pollution from waste
We’re changing how B.C. gets rid of waste.
By 2030, action taken by the province will have kept 95% of residential food and yard waste out of the landfill.
B.C. is building a circular economy. We’re focusing on sharing, reusing, repairing and recycling materials. This approach pollutes less, keeps waste out of the landfill and makes better use of resources. B.C. is developing a strategy to support industry as we work together to develop a circular economy.