The Zero Waste Hierarchy

What is Zero Waste?

Zero Waste is the...

"...conservation of all resources by means of responsible production, consumption, reuse, and recovery of products, packaging, and materials without burning and with no discharges to land, water, or air that threaten the environment or human health." - Zero Waste International Alliance

What is the Zero Waste Hierarchy?

The Zero Waste Hierarchy expands on the 3Rs - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - highlighting the prevention and best uses of resources, then leading down to landfilling as the last resort. By practicing Zero Waste principles, we can:

  • Minimize the need for raw resource extraction.
  • Keep materials that have already been produced within the loop, diverting from the landfill.
  • Limit the end-of-life impacts on the environment.

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*Hierarchy adapted from the Zero Waste International Alliance


Zero Waste Initiatives

Single Use Carryout Bags

The City of Nanaimo is dedicated to protecting our environment and infrastructure. As a result, we are keen to reduce the impact that single-use checkout bags have in our community and beyond.

Spring 2019 Public Consultation: Thank you to the community members and business owners that provided input on how best to manage the many challenges that single-use plastic bags create in our City and beyond.

For more information on this project visit the project page:  Reducing Single Use Checkout Bags in Nanaimo


Annual Solid Waste Summary Report

To see a summary of the waste collected through the curbside Sort Toss Roll program, view the inaugural 2019 Solid Waste Summary Report.


Keep Nanaimo Clean

We are working to keep our city clean with the Keep Nanaimo Clean campaign. The campaign aims to eliminate litter and improve the cleanliness of Nanaimo. These are ambitious goals but, with your help, we can achieve them. Please take a look at some posters that were developed to make people think twice before they create litter. You are free to print these images and use them to help us keep Nanaimo clean. 


Keep Nanaimo Clean Poster - Bin Your Butt

Keep Nanaimo Clean Poster - Poop Fairy

Keep Nanaimo Clean Poster - Wish You Were Here


Contact Us

Sort Toss Roll Inquiries on Zero Waste | Sorting Recyclables and Organics
Monday to Friday | 8:00 - 4:30

Last updated: May 21, 2020

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