The Regional Municipality Of York

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York Region continues to rank first among large municipalities in Ontario for waste diversion

Innovative solutions continue to bolster York Region’s waste diversion efforts

Newmarket - York Region, together with local municipalities, continues to lead the way with sustainable reuse, recycling and diversion programs that are diverting more than 90 per cent of waste from landfill.

“The message of reducing, reusing and recycling continues to resonate throughout our communities,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “York Region’s SM4RT Living Plan combines traditional waste management approaches with innovative community-centred programs for a steady, progressive path in waste management.”

The 2016 Annual Solid Waste Diversion Report highlights York Region’s integrated waste management system that delivers sustainable waste diversion programs and infrastructure to our communities.  
2016 Achievements include collection of over:

  • 84,000 tonnes of blue box recyclables
  • 97,000 tonnes of organics
  • 37,000 tonnes of yard waste
  • 1,200 tonnes of household hazardous waste
  • 1,400 tonnes of waste electronics

The Region’s diversion from landfill rate includes all tonnes collected through curbside and depot diversion programs, and tonnes managed through energy-from-waste.

“York Region continues to be a leader in diverting waste from landfill,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Mario Ferri, Chair of Environmental Services. “The partnership with our nine local cities and towns has pushed our diversion results to new heights while improving waste management services to meet the needs of our growing communities.”

York Region is committed to the ‘four Rs’ of recycling, reducing, reusing and the recovery of energy through energy-from-waste initiatives such as the state-of-the-art Durham York Energy Centre. Energy-from-waste captures energy content from waste remaining after all recycling efforts have taken place, lowers greenhouse gas emissions, recovers metals and reduces the volume of waste going to landfill.

For information on waste reduction initiatives in York Region, please visit and to learn about reuse, recycling and disposal options for unwanted items, 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, over 50,000 businesses and 595,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at

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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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