The City of Kingston announced today that the community reached its goal of diverting 60 per cent of household waste from landfill three years before its 2018 target date.
After the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority reviewed data from 2015, the City’s solid waste division confirmed that 60.9 per cent of waste was diverted from landfill by recycling and composting.
This ranks Kingston as having the third highest diversion rate in the province, after Orillia (64.3 percent) and York Region (62.7 percent).
Based on submitted data for 2016, the City is expected to maintain a greater than 60 percent diversion rate that year as well.
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Diverted waste includes blue and grey box recyclables, yard waste, household hazardous waste, scrap metal, and clothing received and processed at the Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC).
While solid waste staff recommend the waste diversion goal remain at 60 percent for 2016-2018 “to ensure a stabilized rate”, the long term goal is to divert 65 percent of household waste from landfill.
“We are ecstatic that our City continues to have such a high waste diversion rate,” said manager of solid waste, Heather Roberts, in a release. “Residents are doing a great job! They’re using blue and grey boxes, green bins, dropping off yard waste and participating in Giveaway Days. We’re immensely proud of our dedicated recyclers and composters and the shift in the way people think about their waste that completely reduces waste, not just recycles it.”
Learn more about waste diversion programs at CityofKingston.ca/Waste and the community is encouraged to share waste diversion tips at #WasteNotYGK.