September 11, 2006

StatsCan reports preliminary waste diversion data for 2004

OTTAWA, ONT-Quantities of non-hazardous wastes diverted from disposal in Canada as a whole increased by 13% from 2002 to 2004, as indicated by preliminary data on the waste management industry for 2004 recently released by Statistics Canada. Canadians diverted over 7.8 million tonnes of waste materials in 2004, up from 6.9 million tonnes in 2002. Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario were the leading individual jurisdictions, reporting increases of 16% and 15%, respectively, in total materials diverted. Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia reported the largest diversion totals for 2004, at 2.9 million, 1,74 million and 1.32 million tonnes, respectively (Quebec's actual 2004 total was unavailable, so the survey used the 2002 figure as a reference point). Diverted materials per capita rose by 9% from 2002 to 2004 for Canada as a whole, with the national diversion rate edging up from 23% to 24% over the two-year period. More information is available from the information officer at StatsCan's environment accounts and statistics division, 613/951-5220, E-mail environ@statcan.ca.

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