Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) has completed its redesign of the Municipal Datacall reporting system, an annual recycling report card that helps municipalities measure waste reduction progress.
WDO reports that its improved Datacall system is more user-friendly and less time-consuming for all municipalities that report residential waste statistics to WDO. It will also provide more accurate data, allow for more consistent reporting among municipalities, provide updated material definitions, and allow municipalities to directly access their own current and historical data to facilitate local waste management budgeting and planning.
The new system will enable WDO to gather better data from all participating municipalities that would help with performance projections for residential waste programs.
"The Municipal Datacall is a valuable, one-stop resource that can be mined over and over again for important and relevant information," said Michael Scott, CEO of WDO, in a February 11, 2014 statement to media.
Earlier this year, 11 municipalities participated in the testing of the improved Municipal Datacall, including: Baldwin Township, Brant County, Carleton Place, Essex-Windsor, Fort Frances, Kawartha Lakes, Mississippi Mills, Niagara Region, Peterborough, Toronto, and York Region.
"We appreciate the time invested by these municipalities in helping us to verify that the changes have streamlined the system for those who input the data every year," said Scott. "We are offering training and other support to Datacall users to ensure a smooth transition to the new system,” he added.
Each year, WDO requires municipalities to complete the Municipal Datacall to be eligible for the next year's Blue Box funding. In addition to information about Blue Box materials, WDO asks municipalities to submit tonnage data for all other waste materials the municipality oversees, including organics, hazardous or special waste, electrical and electronic equipment, organics, garbage, and other materials. WDO uses this data to determine residential waste diversion rates for each municipality, municipal grouping and the province overall.
In 2012, reports were submitted under WDO's annual Municipal Datacall by 230 municipal programs, recycling associations and First Nations, representing over 400 municipalities. The 2013 Municipal Datacall was initiated February 10, 2014, with a deadline of Friday, April 25, 2014 to submit 2013 statistics.