Residential Diversion Rate
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Status Indicators: Proceeding as Anticipated | Monitoring Progress | Reviewing for Improvement | Information Unavailable
Proceeding as Anticipated
Reviewing for Improvement
Please note that Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4 refer to the first, second, third, and fourth quarters of the Fiscal Year. The City’s Fiscal Year runs from October 1st – September 30th and is denoted by FY.
The City of Sugar Land diversion increased from 38 percent last quarter to 43 percent this quarter. During an average month, Sugar Land residents recycle about 38 percent. More than 48 percent of residential materials were diverted from area landfills in March which was largely due to a record amount of green waste recycling. Sugar Land residents recycled more than 1,980 tons of green waste in March compared to the average of 840 tons a month. The increased volume is more than double the typical month. In addition, 650 tons of recyclables were diverted from the landfill.
Recycled residential materials weight divided by total residential waste collection weight.
Recycled materials include curbside recycling, green waste, and household hazardous waste.
(Recycled residential materials weight / Total residential waste collection ) X 100
The target is ≥40%.
This target reflects a goal previously established in workshops with City
Council of increasing the residential diversion rate to 40%. Prior to the Pilot Program launched in December of 2011,
residential diversion within the City of Sugar Land hovered around 10%. The
Pilot Program results tracked in about a 32% diversion rate, and staff
communication with City Council established an information goal of 40%
diversion rate. Since that time, the addition of recycling streams like
household hazardous waste, textiles, and bulk cardboard promise to increase
performance in pursuit of the 40% target.
Recycling provides a way for Sugar Land residents to help conserve raw materials, reduce pollution, conserve, energy and reduce the amount of waste going into landfills.