Residential Diversion Rate
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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.
For the last few years green waste collections peaked in the second quarter due to spring time landscaping. This year is following the same trend, with a decline in both green waste and the overall diversion rate following the second quarter spike.
The residential diversion rate for the 3rd quarter was 37%, therefore did not meet the target of ≥40%. While the volume of residential recycling remained consistent throughout the third quarter, the City saw an increase in the amount of solid waste produced by residents. Higher volumes of solid waste resulted in a decrease in the quarterly residential diversion rate. Peak moving season begins in April and would explain the increase in solid waste, as residents dispose of unwanted items throughout the moving process. Along with the increase in solid waste, the City also experienced a rise in household hazardous waste collections. Increased collections could also be the result of residents discarding items prior to moving. These results do not include Greatwood as its collections have not come under City contracted services yet.
The Environmental & Neighborhood Services department is currently implementing an educational grant received from the Houston-Galveston Area Council. With this grant, the department sponsored several outreach programs earlier this summer promoting recycling and will have recycling awareness bus ads in circulation with Fort Bend ISD for the upcoming school year. Aside from promoting education and recycling awareness, department staff remain apprised of international regulations and changing recycling markets that are expected to have an impact locally.
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.