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Waste Management Industry Survey: Business and Government Sectors, 2016

Released: 2018-10-05

The total amount of waste diverted to recycling or organic processing facilities increased by 2.2% from 2014, to 9.3 million tonnes in 2016.

Materials diverted from landfill from non-residential sources rose by 6.2%, while diversion of materials coming from households fell by 1.4%. Smaller increases and decreases since 2014 are partly the result of lower commodity prices for materials such as scrap ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

Nationally, Canadians diverted an average of 255 kilograms (kg) of residential and non-residential waste per person from landfills. Among the provinces, residents of British Columbia diverted the most waste per capita (369 kg per person), followed by residents of Prince Edward Island (356 kg per person).

Diversion of tires from landfills amounted to just under 413 kilotons (kt) in 2016. Ontario (162 kt) and Quebec (75.5 kt) recycled the most tires. The data come from the 2017 Canadian Association of Tire Recycling Agencies report, which compiles tire recycling data as reported by provincial tire stewardship programs across Canada.

  Note to readers

This release is based on the results of the biennial Waste Management Industry Survey: Business and Government Sectors of 2016.

This analysis examines the quantities of waste diverted from disposal through recycling and composting.

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