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York Region continues to build on strong waste reduction and diversion practices

Annual solid waste diversion report shows 94% diversion from landfill

Newmarket – The Regional Municipality of York remains at the forefront when it comes to sustainable ways to manage waste, achieving 94% diversion from landfill.

The 2018 Annual Solid Waste Diversion Report summarizes all waste tonnes collected through local city and town curbside collection programs and municipal public drop-off depots.

“York Region remains diligent in our efforts of tackling waste within our communities,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “By working with our partners, developing innovative solutions and encouraging everyday habits in the community, we continue to exceed our Regional Official Plan goal of diverting 90% from landfill.”

Highlights of 2018 waste diversion efforts include collecting:

  • 99,065 tonnes of green bin organics
  • 83,526 tonnes of blue box recyclables
  • 42,287 tonnes of yard waste
  • 1,219 tonnes of household hazardous waste
  • 1,124 tonnes of electronic waste and
  • converting 123,229 tonnes of waste into energy

“Since 2012, York Region and our local cities and towns have ranked first among large urban municipalities for waste diversion,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Mario Ferri, Chair of Environmental Services. “The strides we are making in managing waste helps us build sustainable communities and move us closer to achieving zero waste across the province.”

York Region has long advocated for an Ontario-wide effort to reduce litter and waste in our communities. The Region’s Integrated Waste Management Master Plan, the SM4RT Living Plan, sets the stage for waste reduction and reuse activities across the Region. It focuses on the four R’s of reducing, reusing, recycling and recovering energy-from-waste. Energy-from-waste captures the energy produced from waste after all diversion efforts have been maximized. This process also lowers greenhouse gas emissions, recovers metals and reduces the volume of waste going to landfill. In 2018, York Region’s waste produced enough electricity to power over 3,000 homes and supplied enough industrial steam to heat over 6,000 homes.

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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 636,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at


Media Contact: Masrine Guthrie-Peart, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 77272
Cell: 905-251-6416

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