How Much Do We Throw Away?
In 2017, CVRD residents produced approximately 77,000 tonnes of waste; 60% was recycled or composted, and 40% was landfilled. This resulted in a disposal rate of 358kg per person, per capita.
Over half of the material sent to the landfill could have been recycled, and nearly a quarter composted.
The good news is that we were able to recycle over 34,000 tonnes of material, which included materials such as metal, plastic packaging, and paper products. This is especially important as BC has one of the highest recycling rates in North America, recycling 94% of the materials collected in our curbside program as explained in the video below.