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 36%, therefore it did not meet the target of greater than or equal to 40%. Although the City saw a decrease in the amount of solid waste generated in the first quarter, there was also a decrease in the amount of recycling and green waste collected. This decrease in recycling streams resulted in a lower diversion rate for the first quarter. The City did see an increase in the amount of material collected through the household hazardous waste program and textile collection program; however, these increases were not significant enough to offset the decline in material collected through our curbside programs. These results do not include Greatwood as its collections have not yet come under City contracted services.
The Environmental & Neighborhood Services Department has recently drafted educational information regarding changes in the recycling market. Further information is provided on the City’s solid waste webpage, Sugar Scoop blog 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.