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. CY denotes Calendar Year.
The residential diversion rate for the 4th quarter was 35%, not meeting the City’s target of 40%. Historically, green waste collections decrease after the 2nd quarter, with the 4th quarter representing that trend at 35%. Comparatively in the 4th quarter of Fiscal Year 2018, there is a 2% decline (from 37% to 35%). Results do not include Greatwood as its collections have not come under City contracted services yet.
The Environmental & Neighborhood Services Department is currently conducting a focused education campaign on recent changes in the recycling market and its impact to local programs. Further information is provided on the City’s solid waste web page at the following link: http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/313/Solid-Waste-Recycling. More information can be found on the Sugar Scoop blog and the City's social media channels.
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.