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National Solid Waste Benchmarking Study

The first non-residential waste performance benchmarking study of its kind in Canada

Solid waste diversion is a key environmental and operational performance indicator. An obstacle to increased diversion and reduced waste generation among Canadian organizations stems in part from an absence of quality data to help inform comparable performance on a national scale. 

That's why RCO initiated a first-in-Canada study on solid waste data collection to meet a growing need for industry-specific benchmarking that provides relevant, comparable information on waste and recycling. 

The National Solid Waste Benchmarking Study features generation and diversion data from 1,012 office and retail properties from across the country, and is an important first step in addressing the need for industry-specific waste benchmarking.

What's in the study:

  • Performance rates for 1,012 office, retail centres and retail stores from across the country 
    • Diversion rate 
    • Capture rate 
    • Year-over-year generation rate
  • Divertible materials recycled and disposed 
  • Diversion programs in place across Canada 
  • Recommendations 

The benchmarking study is an important step in gathering much needed waste management information for the IC&I sector. The level of detail provided by the industry helps us as an organization analyze relevant data to provide key resources and information that will support improved performance in waste reduction and recycling. Jo-Anne St. Godard, Executive Director, Recycling Council of Ontario


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Past webinars

July 17, 2014:

Benchmarking + Best Practices in the Commercial Building Sector

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May 6, 2014:

National Solid Waste Benchmarking Study Informaton Session

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