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Responsibilities

The Region of Durham is responsible for:

  • Collection, processing and sale of Blue Box recyclables
  • Disposal of residential garbage waste
  • Composting of food waste, as well as leaf and yard waste
  • Operation of a Recycling Centre
  • Operation of rural landfill site
  • Operation of three waste disposal transfer facilities
  • Operation of four household hazardous waste depots
  • Education and promotion of waste reduction programs

The Region of Durham is also responsible for the collection of garbage and food waste, leaf and yard waste, Christmas trees, White Goods and Bulky Goods in the following municipalities:

  • Town of Ajax
  • Township of Brock
  • Municipality of Clarington
  • City of Pickering
  • Township of Scugog
  • Township of Uxbridge

The following municipalities are locally responsible for the collection of garbage and food waste, leaf and yard waste, Christmas trees, and other special items, if offered:

  • City of Oshawa
  • Town of Whitby

Tonnes of Residential Waste by Type

The Region of Durham was responsible for the following:

Material

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Blue Box

44,099

47,056

55,511

55,485

53,967

50,765

51,609

53,157

51,689

Food Waste

2,839

2,883

13,976

26,211

25,907

27,454

27,594

26,865

26,899

Yard Waste

16,407

18,338

20,490

19,408

23,753

24,895

23,074

23,744

25,473

Composter and Grasscycling

2,802

8,746

9,139

8,950

9,908

10,158

9,839

9,887

10,516

Reuse

6,247

6,295

6,751

6,618

5,666

5,977

6,146

7,226

6,763

Garbage

149,424

148,709

133,845

116,285

116,464

109,999

108,000

107,670

107,722

Total

221,818

232,026

239,712

232,957

235,665

229,248

226,262

228,548

229,061


Tonnes of Residential Waste by Source

The Region of Durham processed the following tonnes of waste from the municipal sources shown below.

Municipality

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Pickering

33,180

34,758

33,670

32,005

31,181

30,179

29,100

28,788

28,505

Ajax

29,798

31,098

32,430

32,918

33,279

32,439

32,802

33,379

33,579

Whitby

37,832

41,024

42,304

39,565

40,827

40,583

40,492

41,924

41,749

Oshawa

53,770

56,649

58,316

55,837

56,925

54,710

53,791

53,128

54,284

Clarington

23,565

25,058

26,357

26,008

27,109

25,400

25,091

25,784

26,439

Scugog

6,977

7,341

7,630

7,361

7,536

6,997

6,899

7,099

7,208

Uxbridge

6,351

6,759

6,901

6,618

7,059

6,668

6,604

6,779

6,934

Brock

3,802

4,051

4,075

3,942

4,064

3,796

3,917

3,949

3,882

Total
Residential Waste

195,275

206,738

211,683

204,254

207,980

200,772

198,696

200,830

202,599

Durham Waste Sites

26,543

25,288

28,029

28,703

27,685

28,475

27,566

27,602

26,331

Total

221,818

232,026

239,712

232,957

235,665

229,248

226,262

228,548

229,061

These totals include curbside, apartment and bulky goods waste, curbside and apartment recycling, kitchen food waste, leaf and yard waste composting, composter and grasscycling credits, and the reuse program tonnages.

(*) Numbers are rounded to the nearest whole number

Long Term Waste Management Plan

In December 1999, the Region of Durham adopted a "Long Term Waste Management Strategy Plan: 2000 to 2020 (PDF)".

The main goals of the waste plan are:

  • To divert at least 50 per cent of the residential waste from disposal by 2007 or earlier.
  • To secure an alternate source for the disposal of residential waste, when the City of Toronto's Keele Valley Landfill Site is closed.
  • To implement an integrated residential waste management system for the collection, processing and disposal of:
    • Blue Box recyclables
    • Food and yard waste compostables
    • Residual garbage wastes
    • Special wastes
  • To consider an "energy-from-waste" facility for the disposal of residual garbage waste.

Waste Reports

Copies of Waste Reports that are of interest to the general public will be posted here on a regular basis.