Get With The Program
The City of Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to about 2.8 million people, so it is not a surprise that Toronto generates a lot of waste. In fact, the City manages about 1 million tonnes of waste each year. This means each Torontonian generates approximately 6.8 kilograms (or 15 pounds) of recyclables, garbage and organic material per week!
When it comes to managing its waste, Toronto is committed to diverting the amount of material going to landfill.
In 2014,* a total of 423,817 tonnes of residential waste was diverted from landfill through such programs as Blue Bin recycling, Green Bin organics, leaf/ yard waste and Christmas tree collection, backyard composting, Community Environment Days, household hazardous waste depots, large appliance/scrap metal and electronic waste pick-up.
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Toronto is unique among large Ontario municipalities in that apartments and condominiums make up over half of the residential units in the city. Toronto’s Solid Waste Management Services Division currently provides services to approximately 4,500 multi-residential buildings — for a total of about 422,000 units.
Even with increased efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle, half the materials apartment and condominium residents should recycle ends up in landfill. Using the Blue Bin recycling program properly in your building will help Toronto improve and reach the overall goal of diverting 70 per cent of residential waste from landfill.
Whether you live in a house, apartment or condo, Toronto needs everyone to do their part to reduce, reuse and recycle every day.
*Final 2015 data will be available mid-2016.