I continue to get regular correspondence asking where our waste is going so here is the answer:
The waste in the blue bag is being recycled through our own facility at the Waste Resource Innovation Centre on Dunlop Drive in the east end of the city . We receive approximately $3 million for the recyclable materials we recover from your efforts in sorting waste in the home. This money is used to reduce the cost of waste management for our residents.
The waste in the green bag is being sent to an energy from waste incinerator in New York. This does two things. It keeps our organic waste out of landfill where it can create leachate and threaten ground water quality. Organic material in landfills also produces methane which has four times the impact of carbon dioxide on climate change. Secondly, the facility extracts some value from the organic waste through the production of electricity. Shipping our waste to this facility is a temporary solution as we work to reopen our organics facility.
The waste in the clear bag continues to go to landfill as it always has.
Continued good sorting by our residents is still essential for the effective management of our waste.