DAILY NEWS Jan 23, 2014 8:52 AM - 2 comments

Guelph tops waste diversion ranking: WDO

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By: SWR Staff

The City of Guelph handily achieved the top residential waste diversion rate of any Ontario municipality in 2012, according to the province’s waste management data on the top-20 least wasteful municipalities.

Municipal datacall information submitted to Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) details the percentage of Blue Box items and other materials that are kept out of landfills. Of the more than 400 municipalities analyzed, WDO’s data shows that Guelph’s residential diversion rate was 67.7 per cent for 2012, more than four per cent higher than Owen Sound, the second best performing Ontario municipality.

The top-20 diversion rates range from 52 per cent (Orillia) to 67.7 per cent, WDO states in its annual report.

For the first time, the top performing municipality will receive the Ron Lance Memorial Award in honour of the municipal datacall’s former manager, who died in October 2012. Guelph will receive the award at an upcoming meeting of city council.   

“Guelph's receipt of the Ron Lance Memorial Award is a fitting tribute to the man who played such a key role in managing the data that helps determine the winner,” said Michael Scott, CEO of Waste Diversion Ontario, in a January 22, 2014 statement to media. “Each year, we will remember Ron with this award and help to keep his memory alive,” added Scott.

After reactivating its organics program, Guelph experienced a 19 per cent increase in its diversion rate over 2011. This also led to Guelph diverting the highest percentage of residential organic waste at 31.6 per cent.

“Guelph is a shining example of how significant progress in one waste area can have a huge impact on overall residential waste diversion success,” said Scott.

Meaford, Ontario's residential waste diversion leader in 2011, made the list again in 2012 at 59.73 per cent, which ranked fourth overall.

Top 20 Municipalities for Diverting Residential Waste


Residential Diversion Rate

1. Guelph


2. Owen Sound


3. Mono


4. Meaford


5. East Luther Grand Valley (township)


6. Oxford County


7. Simcoe County


8. York Region


9. Orangeville


10. Grey Highlands


11. Perth


12. West Grey


13. Red Lake


14. Kingston


15. Durham Region


16. Waterloo Region


17. Halton Region


18. Deep River


19. Madawaska Valley (township)


20. Orillia


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Warren Brubacher

As one of the many who witnessed the Adams Mine fight, during those 4 historic days years ago in City Hall, it has been sad to see the constant roll back of target dates. The original plan was for 2010 to be the goal for complete diversion.
That did not happen and a much of the original energy seemed to sputter out. It has been sad to watch the diversion goal pushed ahead, year after year.
Having Rob Ford mayor is catastrophic for efforts that would promote recycling. To him that is gravy that needs to be cut. To a conservative who just wants to cut corners everywhere, recycling and protecting the environment are beyond his comprehension.
First and foremost, as I have always said, there needs to be a deposit-return system put on each and every beverage container in Ontario.
That would reduce litter and garbage and also really help put recycling back into peoples minds....
and fire Rob Ford and put the plastic bag tax back into place.

Posted February 1, 2014 04:28 PM


Where do we Torontonians stand on the list?

Posted January 28, 2014 05:03 PM

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