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Costs of Garbage Disposal

Total Cost to Dispose of a Tonne of Waste

The table below overviews the total cost for solid waste disposal per tonne for all property classes (residential, industrial, commercial, and institutional) for Niagara three comparison municipalities (Durham, Halton, Hamilton), and the median across 15 municipalities that report data on this measure.

Total Cost to Dispose of a Tonne of Waste, 2013-2015
2013 2014 2015
Niagara $25 $149 $202
Durham $135 $157 $159
Halton $66 $66 $63
Hamilton $83 $79 $109
Median (15 municipalities) $66 $85 $92

 

Source: Municipal Benchmarking Network Canada (2015). 2015 Performance Measurement Report.
Retrieved from: http://www.niagaraknowledgeexchange.com/resources-publications/2015-performance-measurement-report/

Total Cost to Divert a Tonne of Waste

The table below summarizes the total cost for solid waste diversion per tonne for all property classes (residential, industrial, commercial, and institutional) for Niagara three comparison municipalities (Durham, Halton, Hamilton), and the median across 15 municipalities that report data on this measure.

Total Cost to Divert a Tonne of Waste, 2013-2015
2013 2014 2015
Niagara $131 $142 $196
Durham $205 $199 $208
Halton $167 $159 $221
Hamilton $199 $175 $202
Median (15 municipalities) $183 $175 $208

 

Source: Municipal Benchmarking Network Canada (2015). 2015 Performance Measurement Report.
Retrieved from: http://www.niagaraknowledgeexchange.com/resources-publications/2015-performance-measurement-report/

Quantity of Residential Waste

Tonnes of All Residential Material Collected per Household

This measure includes organics, blue box, leaf and yard, municipal hazardous or special waste, other recyclable materials (e.g. wood, metal, tires), and construction and demolition materials collected per household in Niagara, compared to Durham, Halton, Hamilton, and the median for 15 municipalities that report data on this measure.

Tonnes of All Residential Material Collected per Household, 2013-2015
2013 2014 2015
Niagara 0.92 0.92 0.90
Durham 0.87 0.89 0.87
Halton 1.03 1.05 0.98
Hamilton 0.99 1.08 0.99
Median (15 municipalities) 0.92 0.90 0.90

 

Source: Municipal Benchmarking Network Canada (2015). 2015 Performance Measurement Report.
Retrieved from: http://www.niagaraknowledgeexchange.com/resources-publications/2015-performance-measurement-report/

Tonnes of Residential Solid Waste Disposed of per Household

The table below examines the volume of residential waste going to landfills in Niagara, three comparison municipalities (Durham, Halton, Hamilton), and the median across 15 municipalities that report data on this measure.

Tonnes of Residential Solid Waste Disposed of per Household, 2013-2015
2013 2014 2015
Niagara 0.48 0.48 0.45
Durham 0.50 0.50 0.50
Halton 0.46 0.45 0.43
Hamilton 0.53 0.58 0.53
Median (15 municipalities) 0.51 0.51 0.52

 

Source: Municipal Benchmarking Network Canada (2015). 2015 Performance Measurement Report.
Retrieved from: http://www.niagaraknowledgeexchange.com/resources-publications/2015-performance-measurement-report/

Tonnes of Residential Solid Waste Diverted per Household

The table below examines the volume of residential waste diverted from landfills in Niagara, three comparison municipalities (Durham, Halton, Hamilton), and the median across 15 municipalities that report data on this measure.

Tonnes of Residential Solid Waste Diverted per Household, 2013-2015
2013 2014 2015
Niagara 0.53 0.53 0.53
Durham 0.50 0.52 0.49
Halton 0.59 0.63 0.57
Hamilton 0.49 0.52 0.47
Median (15 municipalities) 0.41 0.46 0.41

 

Source: Municipal Benchmarking Network Canada (2015). 2015 Performance Measurement Report.
Retrieved from: http://www.niagaraknowledgeexchange.com/resources-publications/2015-performance-measurement-report/

Percent of Residential Solid Waste Diverted

The table below examines the percentage of residential waste diverted from landfills in Niagara, three comparison municipalities (Durham, Halton, Hamilton), and the median across 15 municipalities that report data on this measure.

Percent of Residential Solid Waste Diverted per Household, 2013-2015
2013 2014 2015
Niagara 52.5% 52.4% 54.3%
Durham 52.3% 53.2% 52.0%
Halton 55.8% 58.2% 56.9%
Hamilton 47.8% 47.3% 47.1%
Median (15 municipalities) 47.1% 46.4% 46.2%

 

Source: Municipal Benchmarking Network Canada (2015). 2015 Performance Measurement Report.
Retrieved from: http://www.niagaraknowledgeexchange.com/resources-publications/2015-performance-measurement-report/

Each year, Niagara Region maintains a week-long curbside battery collection program. A Stewardship Ontario survey showed that 35% of people improperly dispose of batteries, 47% do not know where to recycle them, and 39% were not aware that batteries should not go in the garbage. 95% of people who throw batteries out indicate they would recycle them if it were easier to do so. The curbside collection program provides this convenience.

  • In 2015, Niagara Region collected 8,045kg of batteries during the one-week program, a 15% increase (additional 1,084kg) compared to 2014.
  • The participation rate in this program is 4%.
  • The volume collected per eligible household was 0.6kg.

Source: “Curbside Battery Collection 2016”. Report PW 42-2015 presented to the Public Works Committee of Niagara Region. June 23, 2015.

Retrieved from: http://www.niagararegion.ca/council/Council%20Documents/2015/council-agenda-july-02-2015.pdf (page 495).

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