< Browse more articles

The OWMA has offered to assist the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) with strengthening its draft management guide on construction, renovation and demolition (CRD) waste. 

The proposed Guide for Selecting Policies to Reduce and Divert Construction, Renovation and Demolition Waste, prepared by the CCME’s Waste Management Task Group (WMTG), was released in November 2016 to solicit feedback from stakeholders in the private and public sectors.

The document is intended to provide guidance to governments at all levels on how to address low diversion rates for CRD waste, which accounts for 12% of all waste in the country, according to Statistics Canada.

The proposed guide provides various policy approaches, presents different case studies and offers different measurements and models for the generation, diversion and disposal of this type of waste.  

Unfortunately, it fails to take several different issues into account, which have been brought to the attention of the CCME by the OWMA Construction and Demolition Working Group and the association’s Quebec counterparts.

First, the proposed guide does not address several major challenges the sector currently faces, such as ill-defined lines between waste and resources, regulatory obstacles in the approval process and poorly developed end-markets for recycled CRD resources. It also does not include all of the potential policy options for the sector, such as disposal levies, and fails to fully consider what is necessary for their implementation.

Beyond the substantial comments already provided, the OWMA has indicated its willingness to work directly with the consultants who prepared the report, as well as other provincial trade associations, to ensure the final document can serve as an effective guide to increase the diversion of CRD waste across Canada.