Media Release

November 15, 2012

The Regional Municipality of York Waste Diversion Report profiles benefits of 4Rs

York Region diversion from landfill numbers continue to rise
The Regional Municipality of York continues its trend of increasing the amount of waste diverted from landfill, achieving 78 per cent diversion, including energy from waste management.
York Region has released its 2011 Waste Diversion report and successes are in line with the Region’s Official Plan. Key findings summarized in the report include:
• 91,073 tonnes blue box recyclables processed
• $11.2 million in revenue generated from sales of blue box recyclables
• 91,685 tonnes of organics collected
• 53 per cent (unverified) Waste Diversion Ontario rate (does not recognize energy from waste as diversion from landfill)
• 78 per cent diversion from landfill, including energy from waste management
“These diversion numbers are on track with those goals outlined in Council’s endorsed Official Plan,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “We are working towards 90 per cent diversion from landfill by 2016, including energy from waste. Our current 78 per cent diversion from landfill puts York Region in a very positive position to achieve this goal.”
Waste Diversion Ontario calculates diversion based on Blue Box and Green Bin processing. York Region is one the few municipalities to incorporate energy-from-waste facilities into its solid waste management plans.
“Reducing waste before it begins is the best, most cost-effective means of diverting waste from landfill,” said Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora, Chair of the Region’s Environmental Services Committee. “Through education and awareness, we are working with York Region residents to have them evaluate what comes into their home and how things are disposed.  Our residents are to be commended on their efforts.”
To view The Regional Municipality of York 2011 Annual Diversion Report, please visit

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Media Contact: Barbara Moss, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
905-830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1237  Cell: 905-505-5775
The Regional Municipality of York provides services to 1.1 million residents and 41,000 businesses that employ 516,000 people

Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities
and provides services to more than one million residents, 29,000 businesses and 495,000 employees.

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