Why is this important?
This measure tracks the percentage of materials collected from residential, small commercial businesses, drop-off stations and the illegal dumping program that are diverted from landfills through the city’s recycling program. 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.
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.