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[greenyes] Toronto diverts 32%; Zero landfilling goal by 2006

City of Toronto says it surpassed 30% waste diversion goal in 2003

TORONTO (Feb. 6) -- The city of Toronto has exceeded its 30 percent waste diversion goal, officials announced Feb. 5.

The city diverted 32 percent of its solid waste in 2003 through recycling, composting and upgrading technologies to capture residual waste left over from the recycling and composting processes. Toronto has set further goals of 60 percent landfill diversion goal by 2006 and 100 percent by 2010.

To meet its goals, the city is adding materials to its curbside program, rolling out a food waste collection program by 2005 and giving incentives for residents to recycle.


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Maggie Clarke, Ph.D.
Environmental Scientist and Educator
New York City

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