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Waste Plan

Managing Ottawa’s Waste - Waste Plan

The City is developing a plan to manage Ottawa’s waste over the next 30 years, during which time Ottawa's population is expected to grow by 300,000. The Waste Plan is needed to ensure integrated and sustainable waste management solutions for the City. 

Progress

The policy and planning elements of the Waste Plan, including the vision, guiding principles, goals, objectives and targets were approved by Council in November 2011.

A 10-year implementation plan is currently being developed for consideration by Council, with budget estimates and a timeline.

Facts and overview

Great job!  Your efforts make a difference.

Your participation in the Blue Bin, Black Bin, Green Bin and Household Hazardous Waste programs have helped Ottawa to divert over a million tonnes of waste from the landfill in the past decade. 

In January 2010 the Green Bin program was introduced, followed by bi-weekly garbage collection in November 2012.  The combination of these programs increased the residential diversion rate from 32% to 46% by the end of 2013.  Your participation has made a significant difference.

In 2010 (introduction of green bin in January), the decline of garbage collected over the previous year was 21,340 tonnes.  Recycling and organics increased by 24,823 tonnes. In 2013 (first year of bi-weekly) the amount of garbage collected dropped 18,600 tonnes. Recycling and organics increased by 15,840 tonnes. 

In 2010 (introduction of green bin in January), the decline of garbage collected over the previous years was 21,340 tonnes.  Recycling and organics increased by 24,823 tonnes.

In 2013 (first year of bi-weekly) the amount of garbage collected dropped 18,600 tonnes.  Recycling and organics increased by 15,840 tonnes.

Blue and Black Bin Facts

Recycling extends the life of the City’s landfill site, protects the environment, and provides Ottawa with additional revenues!

In 2013 62,820 tonnes of material collected in the blue and black bin was sorted and marketed, resulting in $8,031,000 of revenue.  The materials collected are sorted at a Material Recovery Facility (MRF), baled, and shipped to the highest bidder.

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The chart shows the percentage of each blue and black bin recycling material collected, sorted and marketed in 2013.

1.1% - aluminum (e.g. pop cans)
11.0% - glass bottles and jars
0.7% - milk and juice cartons, drink and soup boxes
7.4% - all food and household plastic containers # 1 to #7
4.1% - steel / tin cans
51.2% - newspaper
20.6% - corrugated cardboard
4.0% - boxboard (e.g. shoe/cereal boxes)

Even though aluminum makes up a smaller portion of the recycling program, it is very valuable, and helps fund the program.  REMEMBER to place aluminum foil (clean or soiled) in your blue bin, don’t let it go to waste!

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The chart shows the percentage of the 2013 marketed revenues for the blue and black bin recycling material.

13.5% - aluminum (e.g. pop cans)
0.1% - glass bottles and jars
0.4% - milk and juice cartons, drink and soup boxes
18.5% - all food and household plastic containers #1 to #7
8.1% - steel / tin cans
34.7% - newspaper
22.8% - corrugated cardboard
2.0% boxboard (e.g. shoe/cereal boxes)

  • In 2013 almost 83,000 tonnes of Organic Material was diverted from landfill.  Much of the material still found in the garbage could be diverted through the Green Bin program. Check the list of items that can go in your Green Bins and tips on how to use your Green Bin.  
  • The Green Bin program produces compost which is used on farmer’s fields in Eastern Ontario.
  • By fully using your green, blue and black bins you should be able to divert 70% of your household waste from landfill.  The Waste Explorer is a helpful tool in determining what bin your waste should go in.

Household hazardous waste

  • Each year the City’s Household Hazardous Waste Program helps residents to safely dispose or recycle over 575 tonnes of hazardous or special waste.  The collection events run from spring to fall.  Did you know that many household hazardous materials can be returned to local retailers throughout the year?  The Waste Explorer  will search hundreds of items from paint to fluorescent bulbs and batteries and tell you how to dispose of them.

Trail Road Waste Facility

The Trail Road Waste Facility offers FREE drop off for Ottawa residents for the following items: