Six years ago, we committed to drastically cut the amount of waste we send to landfill over 13 years.
To keep us on track, we set three targets:
- divert 55 per cent of waste from landfill by 2011
- divert 65 per cent by 2016
- divert 70 per cent by 2021
Bull’s eye—only better!
Together, through diligent waste sorting, using carts instead of plastic bags, and processing our organic waste at our new facility, we diverted 68 per cent of our waste from landfill in 2012. That’s three per cent more waste diverted from landfill four years sooner than expected!
We’re number one!
In fact, Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) confirmed Guelph has the best overall waste diversion rate and highest organics diversion rate of all 400 Ontario municipalities that participate in WDO’s annual datacall.
|Type of waste||2008||2012|
|Organics (diverted from landfill)||6,800 tonnes||13,800 tonnes|
|Recyclables (diverted from landfill)||11,700 tonnes||15,800 tonnes|
|Garbage (sent to landfill)||28,000 tonnes||14,000 tonnes|
These figures have been validated by Waste Diversion Ontario.
|Average resident||Average amount of waste generated each year, per capita||Average amount of waste diverted from landfill each year, per capita|
|Guelph (2012)||356 kilograms||241 kilograms|
|Ontario (2011)||359 kilograms||118 kilograms|
Source for Ontario and average amount of waste generated each year: Waste Diversion Ontario
Guelph, we’re achieving more than ever before! Let’s keep this momentum going and now focus on generating less waste.