Blue box recycling containers were first used in 1981 in Kitchener, Ontario. Approximately 1500 households were given the containers. The project was a success. The city of Kitchner then developed a city-wide system for recycling in 1984. Today, there are cities around the world that utilize the recycling system developed in Kitchener or a variation of it.
It has been estimated that all Canadian households combined annually produce over 13 million tons of waste. Over 72 percent of this waste is sent for disposal. It has been estimated that Canadians produce over 417 kg per person of residential waste. This can be compared to households in the United States where it is estimated to be over 439 kg per person of residential waste.
The access to recycling was initially highest among individuals living in a single detached home. Currently, over 95 percent of these individuals have access to a program using recycling containers. Approximately 90 percent of households in mobile homes and more than 84 percent of homes in low-rise apartments have such programs.
The recycling programs in Canada have become a popular way to handle the situation of increasing trash. It’s been estimated that approximately two-thirds of the waste generated in Canada are offset by its increase in the use of recycling programs. One-third of Canada’s waste is still placed in incinerators and landfills. Households across Canada provide over three million tons of materials for recycling annually. The amount of material sent for recycling has increased significantly in Canada during the past few years.
Access And Use Of Recycling
Ontario and Nova Scotia have the top recycling programs in Canada based on their use as well as access to them. This recycling effort involves metal cans, paper, and plastic. More than 96 percent of households in Nova Scotia and over 94 percent of households in Ontario have access to one or more recycling programs. Other provinces such as Newfoundland, Alberta, and New Brunswick have recycling programs that are below average.
There are a number of different factors that also influence recycling levels. Recycling is most successful when there is a willingness of different types of households to recycle. Promotions and information efforts also increase recycling levels. Other things such as collection methods, distance from a drop-off location, the requirement for material sorting and more also influence recycling levels. If you need more information from an expert, Waste Wise Products Inc. may be able to help you.