2012 Residential Diversion Rates
A total of 424,188 tonnes of residential waste was diverted from landfill during 2012 through such programs as the Blue Bin, Green Bin, leaf/yard waste and Christmas trees, backyard composting, Community Environment Days, household hazardous waste depots, grass cycling, large appliance/scrap metal pick up and electronics pick-up.
The City’s combined diversion rate of 52% factors in the diversion tonnage achieved by both single-family homes and multi-unit residential buildings (those with more than nine units). In 2012, residents living in single-family homes had a diversion rate of 66% and those living in multi-unit residential buildings achieved a rate of 24%. The multi-unit residential diversion rate should continue to climb as more buildings are fast tracked onto the Green Bin program. Additionally, Solid Waste Management Services has set up a customer service team whose primary initial focus is to identify ways to increase multi-residential diversion.
The City is committed to continuing to improve our waste diversion efforts, reducing our dependence on landfill and moving closer to the goal of 70% waste diversion, in addition to preserving the long term capacity of our Green Lane Landfill.
Archival details on Residential Diversion Rates
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