Increase Waste Diversion
Outcome: Increased waste diversion rate.
Measurement: Per cent of waste diverted
Target: 52% waste diversion rate by 2019
The environmental and economic challenges our community is facing today, including climate change, require new models and systems for how we treat our resources. Increasing resource recovery and waste reduction are key tactics used to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs). Continuing to improve our waste diversion rate will contribute to environmental protection and enhance community sustainability in the short and long-term.
In 2017, we:
- Experienced a 0.5 point decrease from 2016 but maintained an improved Waste Diversion Rate of 4.8 points over 2015 rates, resulting in a Waste Diversion Rate of 49.5% in 2017.
- Invested in various strategies and purchased a property to build a new anaerobic digestion facility to allow for expansion of the organics program to include pet waste and diapers and turn organics waste into natural gas and fertilizer products. This supports our long-term waste diversion target of 75% by 2034.