Just four months after a new regional waste diversion program was introduced to more than 130,000 households in Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa, these four Ontario municipalities have surpassed the Durham Region’s residential target of 50 percent curbside waste diversion and are approaching the provincial 60 percent diversion target.
“We are very pleased with how well this Regional program was accepted by the residential community. The quality of the kitchen food waste is excellent for composting and the amount of blue box recyclables has increased significantly,” says Peter Watson, Manager of Waste Management for the region.
The average rate of almost 60 per cent represents the amount of residential curbside waste being diverted through curbside recycling, Green Bin food waste composting, and leaf-and-yard waste composting, as compared to garbage disposal. This is a vast improvement over the 31 per cent average for the same time period in 2005. The increase in waste diversion is primarily attributed to the implementation of the new Green Bin food waste composting program, weekly blue box recycling, and biweekly garbage collection service.