Materials recovery volumes in Canada’s most populous province — Ontario — increased almost eight per cent last year. According to an Ontario environment agency assessment, residential recovery levels rose nearly four per cent, to 690,000 tonnes.
This can be attributed in part to a 5.7 per cent increase in the number of residents provided recycling services (with 4.2 million households now served) and a significant increase in organics recovery. About 325,000 tonnes of organics were sent to central composting sites in 2001 — an additional 13.2 per cent in one year. (See "Journey of a Thousand Miles" in the August/September 2002 "Composting Systems & Services" supplement.)
The combined recovery of residential and ICI recovery efforts resulted in approximately 1.3 million tonnes of materials recovered in Ontario in 2001 — an increase of 7.6 per cent from 2000.