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 second quarter was 42%, exceeding the City’s target of 40%. Despite a surge in the volume of garbage collected following the COVID-19 stay at home orders passed by Fort Bend County in March, the City surpassed its diversion rate goal due to a record volume of green waste also generated that month. In addition to the increased green waste volume, the City also experienced a rise in household hazardous waste collections throughout the second quarter.
These results do not include Greatwood as its collections have not yet come under City contracted services.
Temporary service modifications were made to the solid waste program as a result of limitations created by COVID-19. Modifications were implemented beginning March 24, 2020, with impacts to the diversion rate anticipated in the third quarter.
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.