Green bin use up 124% this year
Having their garbage collection service cut in half, Waterloo Region residents have increased their use of diversion programs that continue to operate weekly.
Since the region switched in March to collecting garbage every other week, it’s seen a 124 per cent increase in green bin usage, while blue box recycling tonnage collected curbside has increased 13 per cent and yard waste tonnage has increased 11 per cent, according to figures released this week.
As well, the garbage tonnage collected curbside has decreased 22 per cent in the last six months.
By July, the fifth month of the changes, more tonnes of green bin material had been collected than all of the previous year. With the increased volume of blue box materials, a second shift was added to the sorting line at the Erb Street dump, the region reports.