Waste Diversion Rate
We measure progress towards long-term outcomes by tracking key indicators for the Peel community.
Why is this important?
- Changing how we treat our resources and dispose of our waste is part of living in an environmentally–friendly community.
- Ontario's Strategy for a Waste–Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy will help communities find new ways to make sure that valuable materials that can be reused or recycled are diverted from landfills.
- The Region of Peel has set a clear long–term waste diversion targets for our community: 75% diversion by 2034.
How is this measured?
- The Waste Management Division of the Public Works Department compiles annual waste tonnage data.
- The Region of Peel carefully separates and tracks how much material is collected through its various programs, including recycling, organics, yard waste, and hazardous household waste programs, as well as waste that goes to landfill.
What progress are we making?
- Experienced a 0.6 point increase from 2017 and maintained an improved Waste Diversion Rate of 5.4 points over 2015 rates, resulting in a Waste Diversion Rate of 50.1% in 2018.
- In 2018, we saw an increase in our diversion rate, as we were able to begin implementation of the actions outlined in the long-term waste management strategy that was developed in 2017.
- To reach our long–term waste diversion target of 75% by 2034, the Region of Peel will align with Federal, and Provincial waste related initiatives to enhance our waste management program.
- Peel Region will benefit economically, socially and environmentally by:
- Continuing to divert waste from landfill;
- Reducing GHG emissions;
- Generating jobs and revenue; and
- Enhancing overall environmentally–friendly and socially responsible behaviours in our community.