Resources from Waste: A Guide to Integrated Resource Recovery (IRR)

This guide to Integrated Resource Recovery (IRR) emerged from an independent report released by the Government of British Columbia in May 2008. That report, entitled Resources from Waste: Integrated Resource Management Study examined approaches local governments across British Columbia might consider in using solid and liquid waste to create energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve water, and recover nutrients.

The document was composed of the report by a study team, the comments of a technical advisory committee and comments of four peer reviewers. The report illustrated that there is broad agreement that integrated resource recovery could aid local governments in reducing greenhouses gas emissions, diverting waste from landfills, and generating revenue from infrastructure.

This IRR Guide is intended for those who plan, design, and fund infrastructure -including water, wastewater, transportation, energy, and solid waste. Although it is technical in nature, it is also intended to be a resource for the broader community which uses this infrastructure. It offers suggestions for making municipal infrastructure, and the communities served by the infrastructure, more economically, environmentally, 
and socially sustainable by extracting value from the resources in waste. 
 
Primary Author: Stephen Salter P. Eng
Publisher: British Columbia Ministry of Community Development
Sep, 2009
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