Toronto's garbage future: burn, bury or recycle?

The City of Toronto sends almost 500,000 tonnes of garbage to the Green Lane landfill each year - just under half of all of the waste collected in the city. If Toronto continues at this rate, Toronto's Green Lane landfill will be full by 2026.

This summer, the City is looking at what to do over the next 30-50 years with Toronto's growing garbage and a key issue is whether to bury garbage in a new landfill, or to burn it in an incinerator. However, based on City waste statistics, we know that a lot more can be done to reduce, reuse and recycle it in the first place.

In June, the City of Toronto will begin consulting the public for views on how to deal with Toronto's waste. The City is making a long term waste strategy and discussing how to dispose of Toronto's garbage, including whether our waste should be sent to landfill or incinerated. Read more about the Long Term Waste Management Strategy on the City of Toronto website.

The City of Toronto currently reduces, reuses or recycles 53% of our waste, but our target is to divert 70% by 2016. Part of the long term strategy will look at what Toronto's diversion target should be after 2016. Other cities like San Francisco and Markham are aiming for 100% diversion from incinerator or landfill.

Attend a public information sessions to learn more and share ideas:

The good news is that there's a lot more that we can do to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost Toronto's waste in the first place. City programs and waste services cover a wide range of materials, and with the right tools, we can divert much more waste from disposal.

TEA's Waste Free Toronto Challenge has shown that Toronto residents and communities are full of great ideas about simple things we can all do to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost our waste.

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.