Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) has released residential waste diversion data from 2013 that reveals a provincial diversion average of 47.3 per cent, almost exactly the same as 2012.
The annual Municipal Datacall online reports for 2013 were submitted last year by 226 municipalities, recycling associations and First Nations, representing over 400 municipalities or 98 per cent of Ontario’s total population. Municipalities are required to complete the Municipal Datacall to be eligible for Blue Box Program funding.
For 2013, there were some 20 Ontario municipalities that achieved a residential waste diversion rate of at least 50 per cent, meaning they diverted more materials than they sent to landfill.
The top-performing municipality, according to the data, isn’t much of a surprise. The City of Guelph takes the honour with a diversion rate of more than 69 per cent, even beating its own 2012 record of 67.7 per cent diversion.
Second to Guelph in the diversion rankings is the City of Orillia with a rate of 63.7 per cent.
The two municipalities with the most work to do are the Municipality of St. Charles and Curve Lake First Nation. They came out with diversion rates of 2.2 and 3.3 per cent, respectively. St. Charles has a population of just 1,260 and is located in the district of Sudbury. St. Charles generated 710 tonnes of waste in 2013.
City of Guelph (69.15%)
City of Orillia (63.75%)
Municipality of Meaford (61.11%)
Regional Municipality of York (58.58%)
City of Owen Sound (58.30%)
Township of West Grey (57.79%)
County of Simcoe (55.73%)
City of Kingston (55.60%)
County of Oxford (55.07%)
City of Peterborough (54.71%)
Township of Dysart et al (54.66%)
Region of Halton (54.60%)
Region of Durham (53.75%)
Town of Latchford (53.38%)
Township of Madawaska Valley (53.16%)
City of Toronto (52.63%)
Municipality of Grey Highlands (52.59%)
Regional Municipality of Waterloo (52.28%)
Regional Municipality of Niagara (51.77%)
Town of Perth (50.14%)
The number of people in Ontario with access to any type of residential organics program (kitchen organics and/or leaf and yard waste) increased by 345,962 in 2013 over 2012, or 3 per cen of Ontario’s population. Thirteen of the municipalities with a residential waste diversion rate of at least 50 per cent operate a kitchen organics program.