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.
The residential diversion rate for the 3rd quarter was 41%, exceeding the City’s target of 40%. Historically, green waste collections decrease after the 2nd quarter, however this year the City experienced high volumes of green waste collections throughout the 3rd quarter. Along with the sustained volume of green waste, the City also maintained a high volume of household hazardous waste collections during the 3rd quarter. These factors, in addition to the volume of recycled material collected helped the City exceed the diversion rate goal.
Results do not include Greatwood as its collections have not come under City contracted services yet. The Environmental & Neighborhood Services Department continues to conduct public outreach to promote recycling services available to residents. During the 3rd quarter, the City hosted its annual paper shredding event in partnership with Keep Sugar Land Beautiful and ProShred Houston. Upcoming public education efforts include a focused education campaign on recent changes in the recycling market and its impact to local programs. Further information will be provided on the City’s solid waste web page and 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.