It's consistently reported that the industrial, commercial, and institutional (IC&I) sector generates the majority of Canada’s waste. To help gain a better understanding of why this the case, and what can be done to improve, the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) is leading a National Solid Waste Benchmarking Study to analyze collection and recycling rates in the office and retail subsectors.
There are two ways to submit information: Study participants can respond on behalf of a single office or retail property, or on behalf of a portfolio of buildings. The Portfolio Survey enables participants to answer qualitative questions from an organizational perspective and upload spreadsheet with performance information for a group of properties. The Building Survey enables participants to answer qualitative questions about a single property, along with performance information. Waste audit data may be uploaded or entered directly online.
“Energy and water benchmarking studies in Canada and the U.S. help inform buildings’ carbon footprint,” said RCO Executive Director Jo-Anne St. Godard in a statement. “By adding solid waste, we will get a complete picture of environmental performance. Industry associations, building managers, and waste service providers have all contributed to the development of this project, and there is real need to understand performance and drivers,” she added.
The survey includes mandatory and voluntary questions. Participants may save and return to the online survey until the submission deadline by July 31, 2014.