Leaders in Canada's largest city have approved a goal of diverting 70 percent of residential materials from landfill by 2026.
The citywide goal is one facet of a long-term waste strategy approved by city leaders in July.
"Achieving a 70 percent residential waste diversion rate would make Toronto a leader amongst similar-sized cities in North America and worldwide," according to the plan.
The plan touches on various aspects of waste reduction, reuse and recycling of a host of materials. While it looks out over multiple decades with an aspirational goal of eventually achieving zero waste, the plan calls for Toronto, the third largest city in North America, to focus over the next five years on improving participation in the existing system.