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Waste diversion programs working well

2017 waste diversion exceeds Official Plan goal of 90 per cent diversion from landfill
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The Regional Municipality of York is once again at the forefront when it comes to sustainable ways to manage waste, achieving 93 per cent diversion from landfill.

This includes all tonnes from local city and town curbside collection programs, waste depot diversion programs and tonnes managed through energy-from-waste.

“York Region continues to work with our local cities and towns to deliver innovative waste reduction and diversion programs,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “The strong participation in these community-focused programs by our residents shows an unyielding effort to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill while respecting the environment.”

2017 achievements include collection of over:
  • 85,298 tonnes of blue box recyclables
  • 97,877 tonnes of organics
  • 39,477 tonnes of yard waste
  • 1,256 tonnes of household hazardous waste
  • 1,344 tonnes of waste electronics

“York Region remains committed to delivering high quality services to our communities,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Mario Ferri, Chair of Environmental Services. “The success of York Region’s waste reduction programs is due to the everyday actions by residents and a continued commitment to building sustainable communities.”

Since 2012, York Region and our local cities and towns has ranked first in urban municipal diversion. York Region is committed to the four R's of recycling, reducing, reusing and recovering energy from waste. Energy-from-waste captures the energy produced from waste after recycling efforts have taken place. In addition, the process lowers greenhouse gas emissions, recovers metals and reduces the volume of waste going to landfill.

There are many ways to participate in waste reduction initiatives across York Region. Start by clicking here to learn about reuse, recycling and disposal options for unwanted items.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 51,000 businesses with 620,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available here.