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Study Shows that Half of Canada Landfill In-Take Could’ve Been Diverted

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Almost 50 percent of the waste being dropped off at a Canadian landfill could have been diverted to other means of waste disposal, according to a recent study.

According to a Solid Waste Stream Study in 2022, around 47 percent of trash being sent to the Hartland landfill in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada could have been diverted through other waste programs.

Wood and wood products are responsible for the largest percentage of waste, nearly 20 percent, of what is sent to the landfill and construction activity is mostly responsible.

Capital Regional District Manager of Environmental Resource Management said that, “this is definitely a concern, and we’re working on a number of initiatives to deal with that.”

Paper and plastics are some other large contributors to the garbage piles, at 14 and 12 percent respectively. Over the last seven years, paper waste has rising by two kilograms according to the study.

Roughly one fifth of what locals are throwing away could have been diverted through drop-off programs.

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