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York Region continues to rank first in waste diversion

Diversion from landfill

York Region, together with local cities and towns, 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 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 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 york.ca/sm4rtliving and to learn about reuse, recycling and disposal options for unwanted items, visit york.ca/bindicator



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