Waste Diversion on the Rise in Metro VancouverWaste Diversion on the Rise in Metro Vancouver<div class="ExternalClass61CABF9E968840448354990E00B156B1"><p>​Metro Vancouver residents continue to reduce, reuse and recycle, resulting in increasing waste diversion rates across the region.</p><p>In 2017, 63 per cent of the region’s municipal solid waste was diverted from disposal, up from 62 per cent in 2016. Waste diversion includes reduction, reuse and recycling although Metro Vancouver calculates its diversion rates based on recycling levels because it’s difficult to measure how much waste is actually being reused or reduced. Waste diversion is the main way Metro Vancouver measures the progress of its <em>Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan</em>, which has an ambitious goal of achieving an 80 per cent waste diversion rate by 2020. </p><p>Metro Vancouver monitors the quantities of materials recycled and waste disposed of by sector and reports on its findings annually. </p><p>The regional diversion rate of 63 per cent is based on an average of four sectors: construction and demolition sector, single-family residential, multi-family residential and commercial and institutional. The construction and demolition sector had the highest diversion rate at 77 per cent, followed by single-family residential at 62 per cent and commercial and institutional sector at 48 per cent. The multi-family residential sector diverted 31 per cent of waste.</p><p>In 2017, Metro Vancouver also tried, for the first time, to quantify the number of reused materials in the region. It’s estimated about 82,000 tonnes of materials, such as clothing, building materials, and furniture, were reused in 2017 rather than being thrown out or recycled. An estimated 2.23 million tonnes of materials were also recycled rather than disposed of, compared with 2.04 million tonnes the year before.</p><p>The recycling data is based on data from collectors, processors, brokers, and Extended Producer Responsibility programs.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue49-solidwaste.jpg2019-01-31T08:00:00ZGP0|#6fcc8566-898c-4e9b-8ad0-9296abc3c2f1;L0|#06fcc8566-898c-4e9b-8ad0-9296abc3c2f1|Issue 49;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassBB1BD114469D44B5AFE3537AC2958768"><p>​Metro Vancouver residents continue to reduce, reuse and recycle, resulting in increasing waste diversion rates across the region. In 2017, 63 per cent of the region's municipal solid waste was diverted from disposal, up from 62 per cent in 2016. </p></div>0