The Proposal

In the City of London more than one tonne of waste is produced per person each year. This includes waste generated at home as well as business waste. Much of this waste is diverted through numerous reduction, reuse, recycling and composting programs. The waste that remains is considered residual waste. All the residual waste generated at home and a portion generated by businesses is disposed of at the City’s W12A Landfill along with some waste generated from outside the City. The City’s landfill is expected to reach capacity in 2025.

Some of the City’s business waste is taken to landfills located outside of the City for disposal.

Why Waste - Residual Waste Disposal Strategy

To plan for the future the City has started development of a long term Residual Waste Disposal Strategy. The Strategy involves the development of a long-term plan to manage residual waste and involves completion of an Individual Environmental Assessment (EA) as prescribed by the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change (MOECC). The individual EA requires approval by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Cabinet.

Our commitment to you is to do our best to provide information in easy-to-understand words. We will try to minimize the use of technical words, however some will be necessary to address the requirements of the provincial government and other approval agencies to ensure legislation, regulation and policies are being met.

What Is Being Proposed?

It is proposed the Residual Waste Disposal Strategy will:

  • consider expanding the W12A Landfill;
  • find solutions that will manage residual waste until 2050 (25 years beyond the current approved capacity of the W12A Landfill);
  • look at the possibility of allowing neighbouring municipalities to use any new/expanded waste disposal facilities developed by the City, approved by the Province and under conditions approved by Municipal Council;
  • place limits on the amount of Residual Waste that will be accepted at any new/expanded waste disposal facilities; and,
  • commit to increasing the current London residential (household) waste diversion rate to 60% by 2022 from the current rate of 45%.

A companion Resource Recovery Strategy is being developed in conjunction with the Residual Waste Disposal Strategy. The Resource Recovery Strategy will involve the development of a plan to maximize waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and resource recovery (e.g. composting, biogas and other waste conversion) in an economically viable and environmentally responsible manner.

The Process

Terms of Reference

After more than one year of community engagement the Proposed Terms of Reference has been completed and is available for review and comment.

A public participation meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 to recieve delegations and their comments regarding the Proposed Terms of Reference.


Document Library

Virtual Open House

Open Houses were held on May 24 and 25, 2017 to inform residents about the City's plan to develop long term Residual Waste Disposal and Resource Recovery Strategies and receive feedback. The materials presented at the Open Houses are provided below along with the opportunity to provide your feedback in three of the areas.


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