The City of Ottawa is set to undertake the first major update of its Integrated Solid Waste Master Plan since 2003. The Master Plan will set the strategic direction for how waste is managed in Ottawa over the next 30 years.
Solid waste – data and reports
Recycling and Green Bin Statistics
Great job! Your efforts make a difference!
Your participation in the Blue/Black Bin, Green Bin and the Household Hazardous Waste programs has helped Ottawa to divert over 1.4 million tonnes of waste from the landfill in the past decade.
The combination of these programs increased the residential diversion rate from 33% in 2009 to 44% in 2018. Your participation has made a significant difference.
The drought in 2016 impacted the amounts of organics available to divert.
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 2018, 56,968 tonnes of material collected in the blue and black box was sorted and marketed, resulting in $8,291,686 of revenue. The materials collected are sorted at a Material Recovery Facility (MRF), baled, and shipped to the highest bidder.
The chart indicates the revenue and total tonnages of each blue and black box recycling material collected, sorted and marketed in 2018.
$2,257,780 in revenue representing 3,647 tonnes of metal e.g. aluminum pop cans and steel / tin cans
$2,538,630 in revenue representing 7,561 tonnes of household plastic containers
$3,495,276 in revenue representing 37,730 tonnes of fibre e.g. newspaper, corrugated cardboard, boxboard such as shoe/cereal boxes
REMEMBER to place aluminum cans in your blue bin, don’t let it go to waste!
Green Bin Facts
Approximately 51 % of Ottawa residents are participating in the Green Bin program through curbside collection. Much of the material still found in the garbage could be diverted through the Green Bin program and or the recycling blue and black box program.
 Per Table 3.5 4-Season Participation Rates & Set-out Results, Green Bin participation rate.
Breakdown of Garbage
In the fall of 2014 and 2015 the city conducted a waste composition study. The study determined how much of the waste actually set out at the curb for disposal at the landfill site could in fact be diverted. The chart indicates we could be recycling and composting a lot more.
The chart indicates the breakdown of materials set out at the curb for collection in all waste streams.
Black Bin recyclables represent 15.9% of materials set out for collection by a single family home.
Blue Bin recyclables represent 7.3% of materials set out for collection.
Green Bin Organics, including Leaf and Yard Waste, represent 50.1% of materials set out for collection.
Take It Back!/Hazardous Special Waste represent 0.4% of materials set out for collection.
Garbage represents 26.3% of materials set out for collection.
The chart indicates the contents of the garbage stream set out at the curb which were going to the Landfill based on the waste composition study. 52% of these contents could actually be diverted.
6% of the contents found in the garbage actually belong in the black bin.
4.8% of the contents found in the garbage actually belong in the blue bin.
38.2% of garbage contents were green bin organics, while 2.1% of these contents were leaf and yard waste.
0.9% of contents found in the garbage were Hazardous or Special Waste.
48% of garbage contents were considered garbage materials.
The chart shows a comparison of the 2015 capture rate targets versus the 2014/2015 seasonal waste composition study.
Targets for waste disposal in the correct stream (Blue Bin, Black Bin and Green Bin) were created for various types of waste material according to the City of Ottawa’s Waste Plan.
These targets were set at: 85% for paper & fibre, 70% for metals, 70% for glass, 70% for recyclable plastics, 60% for green bin organics and 99% for leaf & yard waste.
The actual results were measured at: 80% for paper & fibre, 59% for metals, 83% for glass, 68% for recyclable plastics, 40% for green bin organics and 96% for leaf & yard waste.
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.