The Regional Municipality Of York


Making strides towards a world without waste

Annual Waste Management Report shows 94% diversion from landfill in 2019

The Regional Municipality of York once again continues to lead the way when it comes to sustainable waste management, achieving 94% diversion from landfill in 2019.

“Our achievements in waste management over the years continue to demonstrate excellence and leadership,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “Based on diversion rates and a commitment to waste reduction and reuse efforts, we are well placed to move towards our vision of a world with no waste.”

The 2019 Annual Waste Management Report outlines York Region’s integrated waste management system and provides information on the Region’s tracking, measuring and performance.

Highlights of the 2019 Annual Waste Management Report include: 

  • York Region continues to prepare for full transition of the Blue Box Program to producer responsibility; transition is critical to shift burden from taxpayers to producers and to achieve the right environmental outcomes as they design products and packaging
  • With the transition, reporting the waste generation rate will soon focus on green bin and garbage streams only
  • Organics and garbage generation rates have remained steady over the past five years
  • While green bin and garbage generation reported for 2019 is encouraging, impacts from COVID-19 will undoubtedly influence trends moving forward; York Region has remained flexible in its response to COVID-19 system impacts

As reported in 2019, York Region has achieved the highest diversion rate for a large urban municipality in the Resource Recovery and Productivity Authority data call every year since 2012.

“For less than a dollar a day, the cost of delivering all waste management services in York Region is a great value for residents,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Mario Ferri, Chair of Environmental Services. “Compared to other utilities, the SM4RT Living Plan, curbside collection, processing, depot operations and education services is approximately $300/household per year.”

Starting in 2016, the Region has surpassed the Regional Official Plan target with over 90% of managed waste diverted from landfill.

In partnership with our local cities and towns, York Region continues to implement innovative waste reduction, diversion and disposal programs to meet the needs of our growing communities. Waste management services are delivered to residents through a two-tier structure where local cities and towns manage curbside waste collection and York Region processes and disposes of waste. For more information visit

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 54,000 businesses with over 650,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at

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Melissa Pinto, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675; ext. 73034 or Cell: 437-997-6821

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