City takes hands-on approach to residential waste diversion

Staff checking waste carts for correct sorting

Guelph, Ont., May 11, 2017 – Starting next week City staff will evaluate how well residents sort their waste into the three streams—organics (green cart), recycling (blue cart) and garbage (grey cart)—and give residents sorting tips.

“Proper waste sorting prevents organics and recyclables from going to landfill, ensures valuable materials are recycled, and helps maintain Guelph’s waste diversion rate,” said Heather Connell, the City’s manager of integrated services at Solid Waste Resources. “We want to check in with our community to see how residents’ waste sorting efforts are going and to remind them of what goes in each cart.”

Over the next few months, City staff will visit Guelph neighbourhoods to check the contents of households’ waste carts. Residents at more than 5,000 randomly selected households can expect to receive a letter and information package, as well as a checklist indicating how they can improve their sorting in the future. Staff will make multiple visits to each home to track progress.

The 2017 campaign is a follow-up to the 2016 pilot, which targeted waste sorting outreach activities on two randomly selected Guelph streets. About 15 per cent of homes increased their waste sorting score for blue carts from an initial rating of “some sorting” effort to “great sorting” effort. Due to the success of last year’s pilot, the City is expanding its targeted educational efforts this spring to reach more households.

For more information about the initiative, Guelph residents can contact Solid Waste Resources at 519-767-0598 or

For more information

Heather Connell, Manager, Integrated Services
Environmental Services, Solid Waste Resources
519-822-1260 extension 2082