Across North America, solid waste diversion targets and zero waste plans are popping up all over North America and the city of Toronto is no different. In fact, the city has had waste diversion in its sights for decades. Most recently, the city has set a diversion from landfill goal of 70 percent by 2026, a seemingly reasonable target, as the city already celebrates an overall rate of 52 percent.
However, taking a closer look at the numbers the city has found some work to do with a significant portion of its residents—apartment, condo and similar multi-unit dwellers. Nearly half of Toronto residents live in apartments, condos and co-ops. According to the city, those residents recycle and compost less than 30 percent of their waste.