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 first quarter was 37%, therefore it did not meet the target of 40%. The City saw an increase in the amount of solid waste generated in the first quarter and a decrease in the amount of household hazardous waste and textiles collected. The increase in solid waste and decrease in recycling streams resulted in a lower diversion rate for the quarter. These results do not include Greatwood as its collections have not come under City contracted services yet.
The Environmental & Neighborhood Services Department continues to implement the educational grant received from the Houston-Galveston Area Council. Recycling awareness bus ads have been installed on four Fort Bend ISD school buses for circulation this school year, and department staff are preparing for additional educational outreach presentations at local schools. Aside from promoting education and recycling awareness, department staff continue to remain apprised of international regulations and changing recycling markets that will have an impact locally.
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.