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- Nationally, the amount of waste sent to private and public waste disposal facilities remained relatively stable between 2006 and 2008, totalling about 26 million tonnes. New Brunswick saw the greatest decline in waste disposal, with a drop of approximately 6% between 2006 and 2008. Saskatchewan had the highest increase, at approximately 8% over the same period.
- Residential waste disposal fell by 4% from 2006, while non-residential disposal rose by 2%. Alberta had the highest proportion of waste disposed from non-residential sources at 76%.
- The amount of waste diverted per Canadian to recycling or organic processing facilities rose from 237 kilograms to 254 kilograms per person.
- The total quantity of materials sent to recycling or organic processing facilities increased by approximately 10% to 8.5 million tonnes in 2008. The largest increase in diversion was for electronic materials, at 115%.
- Operating revenues for governments from the provision of waste management services reached $1.8 billion in 2008. Current expenditures totalled $2.6 billion, compared to $2.1 billion in 2006. Full-time employment in the government sector of the waste management industry rose by approximately 5%.
- Between 2006 and 2008, revenues of Canadian businesses providing waste management services climbed 13%. Full-time employment by these businesses increased nationally by about 13% during the same period.