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. CY denotes Calendar Year.
The residential diversion rate for the second quarter was 38%; therefore, it did not meet the target of =40%. The City saw a significant increase in the amount of green waste collected during the second quarter as a result of Winter Storm Uri. This increase in the amount of green waste collected resulted in a higher diversion rate for the second quarter. Since FY16, the City’s diversion rate has peaked in the second quarter due to an increase in green waste collections, followed by a decline in quarters three and four. As of December 14, 2020, Greatwood solid waste services transitioned from Best Trash to Republic Services. These results are inclusive of the material collected in Greatwood.
Note: During the second quarter, our region experienced a severe winter freeze that caused damage to homes and landscapes across the city. A contractor was utilized to assist in collecting the storm related debris. Over the course of two weeks, the debris contractor collected approximately 25,000 cubic yards of vegetation and construction and demolition debris throughout the city and assisted Republic Services in hauling and disposing of an additional 4,500 cubic yards of collected debris. This debris was not factored within the quarterly diversion rate, as much of the material was comingled rather than separated by waste stream.
Recycled materials include curbside recycling, green waste, and household hazardous waste.
Formula: (Recycled residential materials weight / Total residential waste collection weight ) 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.