#548.7 Toronto Public Space Recycling

Projects Description

City of Toronto waste management staff have assumed responsibility of waste management services throughout the City and are implementing automated cart collection of waste and recyclables to improve collection efficiencies.  They are also trialing new container designs in an effort to reduce contamination.  The total cost of the project is estimated to be over $212,000 and CIF will be committing up to $95,000 or 45% of project costs.

Phase 1 – Replace mesh recycling containers with 360L carts and switch to semi-automated collection vehicles and Phase 2 – Improve education and awareness program with more signs. Type of sign did not seem to significantly influence waste diversion behaviour. Audit results showed that carts achieved increase in diversion rates increased from 14% in 2008 to 22% in 2013 and contamination decreased from 41% to 34%. Recycling carts achieved 68% capture rate in 2013. Costs to install semi auto lifters provided.

Project # 548.7
Proponent City of Toronto
CIF Funding $95,000
Documents Final Report: Public Space Recycling Project Assessment