The diversion rate of waste from the landfill increased compared to 2020 with a new record high of nearly half of all waste being diverted from the landfill in 2021.
Solid waste takes up land, emits greenhouse gases, and among other things can leach harmful materials into the surrounding environment. Recycling, one of the “Three R’s” following reduce and reuse, is one strategy employed to limit the impacts of waste, and to conserve virgin material stocks such as aluminum.
This indicator represents the estimated proportion of materials recycled and composted through the municipal solid waste management system and/or collected at the bottle depot. The measurement also includes materials sent to the Re-Use It and Re-Build It Centres. Yard debris, land clearing composted materials are not included in the figures since 2008 due to the highly variable nature of land clearing due to firesmart programing.
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