Zero Waste Oxford Committee
Zero Waste Oxford comprises a cross-section of community, business and government interest and expertise.
Chair: Bryan Smith, Chair, Oxford Coalition for Social Justice / President, OPAL Alliance
Contact for more information:
Zero Waste Oxford
519-539-9800, ext. 3001
On September 9, 2015, Oxford County Council passed a motion to establish Oxford as a “zero waste” community. This means:
100% of Oxford generated and non-hazardous industrial, commercial, instituational and residential solid waste disposal needs are met by the Oxford of Oxford’s Waste Management Facility by 2025 while ensuring Oxford’s solid waste disposal capacity to the year 2100.
The work of achieving zero waste in Oxford is also one of the key goals of the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan (3.i.c.). Zero Waste Oxford is the committee that is leading the work on the targets and actions in the Plan that will allow us to achieve “zero waste.”
Role of Zero Waste Oxford
The role of the Zero Waste Oxford committee is to advocate, facilitate, support, monitor and report on Oxford’s achievement of the Zero Waste goal through the development of a plan to ensure Oxford has the disposal capacity it needs to meet all Oxford generated solid waste disposal demands through the year 2100.
The Zero Waste Oxford Plan will include strategies and actions to:
- Eliminate solid waste exports across all sectors in Oxford;
- Reduce Solid Waste generated across all sectors in Oxford;
- Achieve the highest diversion rates possible (re-use and recycling) across all sectors in Oxford;
- To process solid waste prior to final disposal at the County of Oxford’s Waste Management facility, as necessary to achieve at least a 90% reduction in final disposal volumes. Processing solid waste may include the use of appropriate technologies (E.g. resource and energy recovery) as necessary and appropriate to achieve substantive disposal volume reductions;
- To ensure Oxford has a Solid Waste Disposal plan to provide the disposal capacity necessary to meet all Oxford generated solid waste disposal demands through the year 2100;
- Identify and advocate for provincial waste management reform that will assist Oxford in achieving the Zero Waste goal.