Garbage & Recycling Statistics

Garbage & Recycling Statistics

There is concern that Canada’s landfills are reaching capacity and it is becoming increasingly difficult to find sites for new ones. Landfills also produce approximately 25% of Canada’s methane emissions (methane is a powerful greenhouse gas).Recycling can help reduce the amount of waste entering landfills and help conserve natural resources.

Over 34 million tonnes of waste was handled in Canada handled during 2008 according to figures released by Statistics Canada - that translates to about 1031 kg of waste per Canadian.

The quantity of waste sent to public and private waste disposal facilities was 25.9 million tonnes, practically unchanged since 2006.

The remaining 8.5 million tonnes was sent for recycling or composting, up 9.7% from 2006. About one-third of waste for disposal came from residential sources, while the other two-thirds came from non-residential sources.

The amount of residential waste disposal fell by 4.0% from 2006 to 8.5 million tonnes in 2008. Meanwhile, the amount of non-residential waste rose by 1.8% to 17.3 million tonnes. Nationally, the quantity of materials diverted from disposal for recycling or composting increased by about 10% from 2006 to 2008. Electronic waste recycling recorded the biggest increase (+115%). This was followed by plastic materials, which rose by 40%.

Local governments spent about $2.6 billion on waste management in 2008, up from $2.1 billion two years earlier. Provincially, municipalities that spent more money per capita on waste management reported diverting greater amounts of waste per person.

Reducing the amount of municipal solid waste we produce is by far the most effective way to reduce the flow of garbage into landfill.  To be really effective, we have to incorporate the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle – into our daily routine.  This means reducing and reusing materials and packaging wherever possible.

JOB POSTING - DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS

POSTED: November 28, 2019

JOB POSTING - DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS

Adoption Awareness Month

POSTED: November 13, 2019

At the Regular Meeting of November 12, 2019, Council proclaimed November as Adoption Awareness month

Townsite Avalanche Risk Assessment

POSTED: November 7, 2019

View the District of Stewart's Townsite Avalanche Risk Assessment provided by Alpine Solutions Avalanche Services.

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: October 22, 2019

Take a look at this Auto Tour video produced in conjunction with Destination BC, Kermode Tourism, and the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine-displaying spectacular views of scenery near Hazelton, New Hazelton, the Nass Valley and Stewart, with Dr. Joseph Gosnell narrating:  www.stewartcassiarhighway.com 

Salmon Glacier Auto Tour Brochure

POSTED: August 23, 2019

Here is an excellent resource to accompany you on your travel to visit the spectacular Salmon Glacier - Auto Tour Brochure

Dedication of “Family Quiet Room” at the Stewart Health Centre

POSTED: July 18, 2019

BC Hydro Installation of Bird Guarding at Stewart Substation

POSTED: January 8, 2018

Please see the attached information regarding BC Hydro's recent installation of Bird Guarding at the Stewart Substation