Consultation on reducing methane emissions from Canada’s municipal solid waste landfills: share your opinion

From: Environment and Climate Change Canada

Current status: Open

Opened on January 28, 2022 and will close to new input on April 13, 2022.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is seeking comments on a discussion paper which outlines proposed objectives for new regulations to reduce methane emissions from municipal solid waste landfills.

What is the issue?

When organic waste – such as food, yard waste and paper products – is disposed in landfills, it produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. This process occurs over many years, which means that the methane generated in landfills today is the result of past decades of organic waste disposal. By installing landfill gas management systems, methane can be recovered before it can be emitted to the atmosphere. The recovered landfill gas is either flared (burned) or can be used to create low-carbon energy. Diverting organic waste away from landfills to alternatives like composting, anaerobic digestion and recycling, and taking action to reduce the generation of organic waste (for example - reducing food waste at homes, businesses and institutions), will also lead to lower landfill methane emissions over the longer term.

The Government of Canada’s Strengthened Climate Plan – A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy committed to develop new federal regulations to increase the number of landfills that recover and flare or utilize landfill gas. Environment and Climate Change Canada has developed a discussion paper to seek input on proposed objectives for these regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.

Who should participate

All Canadians are invited to participate in this consultation. We especially want to hear from:

Key questions for discussion

We would like your feedback on the outcomes that could be achieved through new federal regulations to reduce methane emissions from municipal solid waste landfills. The discussion paper requests input on specific questions that will help guide the development of a proposed regulatory design, however, the key questions focus on proposed objectives for the regulations.

Join in: how to participate

A discussion paper outlining the issue and key consultation questions is available online. We invite you to review this document and share any feedback and perspectives by April 13, 2022.

We will be hosting a virtual public information session to provide a summary of the discussion paper and answer questions.

Language Date Time (EST) Format Link
English with simultaneous French interpretation March 8, 2022 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Zoom Sign up here

If you are not able to access the link or cannot attend a session on Zoom, please contact ges-dechets-ghg-waste@ec.gc.ca.

We developed a feedback form to facilitate comments. Comments can also be submitted via email to ges-dechets-ghg-waste@ec.gc.ca.

Suggestions and ideas collected during the consultation phase will inform the development of a proposed regulatory framework.

To learn how we will protect your privacy during this consultation, please carefully review our privacy statement.

Related information

Contact us

Waste Reduction and Management Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St. Joseph Blvd., Place Vincent Massey
Gatineau QC  K1A 0H3
Email: ges-dechets-ghg-waste@ec.gc.ca

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