Waste Management

Are you ready for the 2015 Kitchen Scraps Landfill Restriction?

Kitchen Scraps and Composting

On January 1st, 2015 kitchen scraps will be banned from CRD landfills. In the District of Sooke, the individual property owner is responsible for arranging for garbage and kitchen scrap disposal. This means that residents will have to find optional methods of reducing, reusing or recycling their kitchen scraps. In Sooke, garbage disposal and composting companies provide service contracts to residents and commercial operations and drop off facilities exist for all recycling and garbage services.  Check your local yellow pages for service providers and see the CRD’s website for more information.

The District of Sooke suggests the following ways to help manage your household kitchen scraps:

Reduce your waste with better meal planning as it results in fewer wasted ingredients.

  • Eat your leftovers.
  • Many local charities welcome non-perishable food donations.
  • Compost in your own yard using your own bins.
  • By contacting your current refuse collection service provider for information regarding the pick up of those items that cannot be disposed of through composting or other means.


The individual property owner is responsible for arranging for garbage pick-up and recycling. Garbage disposal and composting companies provide service contracts to residents and commercial operations. Check your local yellow pages for service providers.


The CRD provides curbside Blue Box recycling pick-up in all of the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area except Port Renfrew. Your pick-up day is every second Monday. Make sure your recyclables are out at the curb by 7:30am on the morning of your pick-up day.

Yard and Garden Organics

In 2006, a yard and garden material landfill restriction came into effect. A number of locations in the region accept yard and garden material for composting and reuse. Invasive, infectious and noxious plants are not included in the restriction. Source separated yard and garden material is accepted at the Hartland Landfill bin area for chipping and reuse.

Household Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous waste is any waste from your home that you consider to be dangerous or of which you are unsure. It includes any leftover household product that is marked flammable, corrosive, explosive or poison. Common examples are pesticides, varnishes, paints, cleaners, and batteries.

Septic Systems

Septic Systems are an important wastewater treatment option for homeowners in Sooke. If your system is working properly, it is an environmentally friendly and economically sound treatment option. The homeowner is completely responsible for operation and maintenance of their onsite wastewater treatment system. This is no small feat. Homeowners need to know where all their system components are located and how the system treats wastewater before discharging to the environment. Most importantly, homeowners need to know how to monitor and maintain their system.

The CRD offers free workshops to residents on how to properly care for your residential septic system. Proper maintenance has a significant impact on how well your system works and how long it lasts. Your home is one of your most important investments. Taking care of your septic system is like an insurance policy on that investment. Attend a workshop and learn how to protect the environment, your community’s health and save money. Make the commitment to maintain your septic system on a regular basis. Properly maintained system will last decades longer, and over time will likely save thousands in repairs.