Guelph diverted more residential waste from landfill than any other municipality in Ontario in 2012, a non-profit agency in charge of gathering waste diversion statistics announced Wednesday.
Sixty-eight per cent of the city's residential waste avoided the landfill in 2012, garnering Guelph the first annual Ron Lance Memorial Award, an honour to be given to the municipality with the highest residential waste diversion rate by Waste Diversion Ontario.
Across more than 400 Ontario municipalities big and small, the average residential waste diversion rate in 2012 was 47 per cent. In 2011, Guelph's rate was 49 per cent.
"The 19 percent increase over 2012 can be largely attributed to 2012 being the first full year of reporting on Guelph's reactivated organics program," a news release from Waste Diversion Ontario states.
Guelph's organic residential waste diversion rate also topped all jurisdictions in the province. In 2012, 32 per cent of Guelph's organic residential waste went to the organics procession facility on Dunlop Drive, rather than a landfill.
"I'm thrilled that Guelph is the best in the province when it comes to waste diversion," Guelph Mayor Karen Farbridge said in a news release. "This success rests on many shoulders. I'd like to thank City Council for its commitment to the organics facility and other waste diversion programs; City staff for their excellent management of solid waste resources; and residents for sorting their waste diligently every day."