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Statistics Canada releases industry survey results

Date August 21, 2013 Author Jason Smith Categories Industry News
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Statistics Canada released its 2010 Waste Management Industry Survey: Business and Government Sectors, which gathers information on the financial characteristics and waste management activities by companies, local governments, and other waste management bodies; and analyzes data to provide a detailed statistical overview of the industry at national and provincial levels.

Observations:

  • Nationally, both disposal and diversion totals decreased overall.
  • Canada and Ontario’s diversion rates are very similar (32 per cent vs. 30 per cent).
  • Ontario has the highest disposal amounts (tonnage) in the country, but a lower per capita disposal rate than the national average.
  • Non-residential totals still make up the bulk of the materials disposed (65 per cent vs. versus 35 per cent).
  • Fibers and organics make up the majority of the tonnes diverted (80 per cent combined).
  • Electronics diversion has made the most progress since 2008 likely due to the introduction of producer responsibility legislation.

Numbers at a glance: 

 



Canada 2010 Variance from 2008
Overall diversion rate 32%  
Total amount of materials disposed of 25 million 4% decrease
Amount disposed of: per capita 729 kg  
Amount disposed of: residential 9.3 million tonnes (37%)  
Amount disposed of: non-residential 15.6 million tonnes (63%)  
Amount of materials diverted 8.1 million tonnes  1.2% decrease
Materials diverted by weight    
Paper 40%  
Organics 27%  
Metals 15%  

 

Ontario 2010 Variance from 2008
Overall diversion rate 30%  
Total amount of materials disposed of 9.2 million tonnes  
Amount disposed of: per capita 699 kg  
Amount disposed of: residential 3.2 million tonnes (35%)  
Amount disposed of: non-residential 6 million tonnes (65%)  
Amount of materials diverted 2.7 million tonnes  
Materials diverted by weight    
Paper 40%  
Organics 39%  

 A full copy of the report is available from Statistics Canada.

 

 

 

                              

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