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Percent of waste diverted from landfills by recycling efforts

Maintenance & Growth | Desired Measure Result: Above Target

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Items diverted include city-approved recyclables, bulk waste and yard waste. Proper recycling reduces the contamination rate at the Materials Resource Facility (MRF), increases the life of the landfill and reduces the city’s cost for waste reduction.  This measure tracks the percentage of tons of materials collected from residential, small commercial businesses, drop-off stations and the illegal dumping collections that are diverted from landfills through the city’s recycling and yard waste mulching programs. 

Data Source: The data for this measurement is comprised of tonnage reports from the Material Recovery Facility (MRF)

The diversion rate has hovered just below the 25% goal since 2006. Challenges that affect the city’s ability to increase this rate include the city’s fast-paced population growth and the need for continued education of residents on the importance and proper methods of recycling.  Some of the efforts to improve the diversion include targeting areas that have proven to have recycling contamination or low recycling participation rates with cart audits and education material.