The Regional Municipality Of York


“SM4RT Living” helps fight war on waste

York Region Waste Management Master Plan update supports economy initiatives for the next five years

Newmarket – The Regional Municipality of York updated its SM4RT Living Waste Management Master Plan which identifies priorities for the next five years and establishes long-term targets to move toward a world without waste.

“York Region remains a leader in waste management now and into the future,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “We look forward to implementing new, innovative and collective ways to inspire change through the 4Rs - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover.”

Smart Living Process graphicThrough this plan, York Region will successfully navigate legislative changes, use resources and infrastructure more strategically and encourage people across their communities to embrace SM4RT Living as a way to advance the circular economy.

A circular economy means going from a linear waste system to a never ending cycle that values waste and maximizes diversion from landfill. This process reinforces consumers to inform their purchasing choices with options to help divert to recycling and compositing, further enhancing recycled content to become sustainable products and packaging.

“Working with our partners we shape objectives for the next five years,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Mario Ferri, Chair of Environmental Services. “Local municipal partners have been proudly helping to implement the SM4RT Living Plan through pilot initiatives such as textile collection, repair cafés and curbside giveaway days.”

Strategies for change include a long-term plan for organics, reducing litter and single-use plastics plus enhancing new and emerging initiatives and technologies in waste management.

The SM4RT Living Plan established the business case for expanding the focus of policy and programming, from diversion to waste reduction. York Region was the first Ontario municipality to move in this direction.

As reported in 2019, the 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. Starting in 2016, the Region has surpassed the Region Official Plan target with over 90% of managed waste diverted from landfill.

York Region continues to thank its partners, including York Region Food Network, NewMakeIt and city and town libraries for their continued efforts in promoting SM4RT Living.

The full plan including all detailed appendices can be viewed at

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 52,000 businesses with over 636,600 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at


Media Contact: Melissa Pinto, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
Cell: 437-997-9821

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