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. To see the annual performance of this measure, click here.
In the 4th Quarter, the residential diversion rate totaled 37.5%, which is below target. This was mainly due to Solid Waste being placed on hold during Hurricane Harvey. Therefore, residents threw recyclables in the trash instead, resulting in an increased diversion rate. Despite Hurricane Harvey, the rolling quarterly average for the residential diversion rate is 40.72% for fiscal year 2017.
With a continued focus on educational initiatives, such as the upcoming Christmas tree recycling iniative, the City hopes to increase the residential diversion rate in the future.
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.