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Region’s waste diversion down slightly in 2019

In 2019, Durham diverted 63 per cent of its waste. This is down by two per cent compared to a high of 65 per cent in 2017.

By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express

Durham Region has diverted 63 per cent of its waste in 2019, down for the second year in a row.

In 2017, the region diverted 65 per cent of its waste, but in 2019 it dropped two per cent, says Durham’s Director of Waste Management Services Gio Anello at a presentation at regional headquarters.

According to Anello, diversion is starting to decline due to tonnages, but the amount of recyclables is increasing.

“It’s not a good representation of what’s going on out there,” he says.

He also notes the amount of garbage has increased, as has the amount of organics.

Anello points out while the region may be diverting a smaller percentage of its waste, it is seeing a higher volume.

Due to the pandemic, Anello says 2020 has seen more garbage and waste around the region, adding there was a decrease in the amount of plastics used this year, but the total volume of waste went up.

He points to the increase in the number of bags allowed at the curb.

Residents were given permission to put six bags instead of four at the curb on waste collection days because of the increased amount of time spent at home.

However, this has since been rescinded with the four-bag limit reinstated.

Smith notes the increase in waste is a side effect of the pandemic he didn’t see coming.

Residents are also being offered the chance to comment on the upcoming 2021-2040 Long-Term Waste Management Plan by visiting until Sept. 30.