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 first quarter was 28%; therefore, it did not meet the target of =40%. The City saw a significant decrease in the amount of green waste collected during the first quarter as a result of typical weather changes during winter months. We also saw a significant increase in trash collected following the Christmas holiday. As of November 2021, the City has a new textile recycler and our textile recycling numbers are increasing. The diversion rate is expected to increase during the second quarter as participation increases.
Note: Please note that City Staff is presenting HHW collection options to the Solid Waste Task Force in coming weeks. The Task Force has expressed interest in bringing back HHW Collection, which can improve the City's diversion rate in the future.
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.