Waste Diversion Rate
Area of Focus: Thriving
Total Waste Diverted from Landfill, 2010-2016
Source: Waste Management Division, Public Works, Region of Peel.
Why is this important?
- Changing how we treat our resources and dispose of our garbage 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 clear short- and long-term waste diversion targets for our community: 52% diversion by 2019; and 75% diversion by 2034.
How is this measured?
- The Waste Management Division of the Public Works Department compiles annual waste tonnage data.
- Peel carefully separates and tracks how much waste is collected through recycling, organics, yard waste, and hazardous household waste programs, as well as waste that goes to landfill.
What progress are we making?
- With the implementation of the bi-weekly cart based collection program in January 2016, we have already improved Peel’s waste diversion rate by 5% compared to 2015, resulting in a waste diversion rate of 50.2% for 2016.
- As part of the Increasing Waste Diversion Term of Council Priority, we are committed to achieving the 52% waste diversion target by 2019.
- To reach our long-term waste diversion target of 75% by 2034, the Region of Peel is working closely with the Province of Ontario to continue to enhance our waste management program.
- Peel Region will benefit economically, socially and environmentally by:
- Continuing to divert waste from landfill;
- Reducing GHG emissions and air pollution;
- Generating jobs and revenue; and
- Enhancing overall environmentally-friendly and socially responsible behaviours in our community.