City's waste diversion rate stagnates as long-term plan launched Social Sharing

By Joanne Chianello, CBC News Ottawa, April 30, 2020

More than a decade after the green bin was introduced in Ottawa — and even longer since paper and plastic recycling became a reality  — the city's residents still divert less than half the waste they produce from the landfill.

The city's curbside waste diversion rate in 2019 was 49 per cent, only marginally better than past years, according to an update provided during a virtual technical briefing Thursday morning that laid out the city's long-term plan to deal with solid waste.

With the rate in multi-unit residences even worse, only 43 per cent of waste ended up being kept out of the landfill overall, city statistics show.

That makes Ottawa one of the poorest performers among many Canadian municipalities when it comes to diversion, faring worse than Halifax, Vancouver, Guelph and even Toronto.

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