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Single-Family Curbside Waste Composition Audits

Location: Ontario – Toronto, London, Orillia, Muskoka, Simcoe, Peterborough (City & County)
Client: Continuous Improvement Fund (Waste Diversion Ontario)
Date: 2012 – 2013

AET was contracted by the Continuous Improvement Fund (Waste Diversion Ontario) to conduct a series of seasonal waste composition studies across seven (7) municipalities in Ontario.  Each seasonal municipal audit consisted of a detailed composition analysis of garbage, recycling and organics collected from 100 households over a two-week period in each municipality.  The project is intended to provide up to date and publically accessible information on curbside waste composition, and set out rates. Priority in selecting host municipalities was given to those who had participated in past audits conducted by Stewardship Ontario under the Effectiveness and Efficiency Fund between 2005 and 2007. The purpose of this prioritization was to allow year over year comparison with past data to identify possible trends in waste composition, generation and set out rates. Efforts were also made to select communities that best represented the diversity of municipal programs operating in the Province to the extent possible within the project budget.