Curbside Black Bag Contents

Importance


Measures the performance of diverting waste from the landfill from curbside collection.

Story behind the numbers


The percentages of divertible waste point to the success of customer outreach campaigns to inform the public about waste diversion programs and the benefits to the community of the City of Hamilton’s waste diversion goals. An increase in waste diversion returns more recyclables to the markets and helps prolong the useful life of the landfill.

Performance improvements


Increase waste diversion from curbside black bag collection. Performance improvements can be measured by a higher percent of non-divertibles in curbside black bag audits as a result of more waste being diverted from landfill by utilizing the City of Hamilton’s waste diversion programs.

Source: 2014 Curbside Waste Composition Audit for single-family homes

Source: 2016 Curbside Waste Composition Audit for single-family homes

Black Bag Composition

Material Type 2014 2016
Recyclables 11% 14%
Organics 41% 37%
Residual Garbage 48% 49%