“Winnipeg diverts 17% of its residential waste” is a phrase that has come up often during this project. What does this mean?
According to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities:
Waste diversion directs garbage away from landfills or incinerators through, reuse, recycling, composting or gas production through anaerobic digestion. Waste diversion is a key component of effective and sustainable waste management.
Waste management is the process of collecting, processing and disposing of waste.
City of Winnipeg diversion programs
Brady Road Landfill diversion programs
- More than 500 tonnes of metal recycled each year
- More than 5,000 tonnes of glass diverted and used for road base
- More than 2,000 tonnes of wood waste diverted and turned into flooring and other products
- Bicycle recycling – over 4,000 removed and refurbished
- Recycling of sand from street sweepings (potential to reuse up to 40,000 tonnes per year)
Winnipeg has a highly successful blue box recycling program, but for residential material only. The Garbage and Recycling Master Plan will need to address waste from other customer groups (i.e., institutional, commercial, industrial, construction and demolition).
Winnipeg’s diversion rate
- In 2009, our diversion rate was 17 % – 293,000 tonnes of residential waste went to the landfill and 49,000 tonnes were diverted.
- This is the lowest rate among major Canadian cities. The chart below shows how Winnipeg’s diversion rate compares to other cities.
Waste diversion in other cities is higher because they have programs to divert organics (kitchen and yard waste).
What’s in our garbage?
All residential waste in Winnipeg can be divided into four main types.
- 28% food waste
- 24% yard waste
- 15% recycling
- 33% other waste
How much did we divert in 2009?
- 45,000 tonnes from the residential blue box program
- 2,200 tonnes of yard waste from City programs
The future of garbage and recycling in our city
- How can we divert more?
- What kind of opportunities do you see for increasing our waste diversion in Winnipeg?
- What percentage should we target for waste diversion?
 Federation of Canadian Municipalities (2009). Getting to 50% and Beyond: Waste Diversion Success Stories from Canadian Municipalities. P. 1.