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Our Vison is:

To ensure all Solid Waste Services (SWS) programmes work to protect and enhance the natural environment whenever possible.

Our Goal is:

To promote "Green Practices" in all daily activities, operation plans and the overall strategy.  

Our Objectives are:

  • To incorporate "Green Principles" into all areas of waste management decisions and actions.
  • To celebrate the successes and accomplishments of these initiatives.

The Core Green Principles are:

  • Protect and enhance the natural environment
  • Reduce the carbon footprint of our operations
  • Practice a "Life Cycle" approach


All SWS programmes, projects and services are continuously assessed against the core green principles. They are assessed to determine how each may be impacting the environmental health of the County or the specific     workplace, and to identify any opportunities for improvement. This information is used to guide future SWS efforts.

All SWS operations are broken into essential activities and the key management practices required for each. These practices are assessed against the "Core Green Principles". This confirms that sound environmental values have been established; are being maintained; and may be enhanced. New activities and practices are added from time to time, as the changing waste industry and other opportunities develop.

All operations are tracked over time to determine if any activity or practice assists in:

  • Reducing negative environmental impacts created in providing service.
  • Reducing the carbon footprint created in providing service.
  • Improving life cycle performance through reduction, reuse and recycling practices.
  • Enhancing environmental health.


Reporting and Feedback

An annual report is developed for Committee and Council and is posted in the Communications section of the SWS section of the County website.