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Over the last decade,
Even with this positive trend, we will send an estimated 7,200 tonnes of garbage to the landfill in 2009. A similar amount of household waste was diverted into green/kitchen waste and recycling carts.
That amounts to approximately 600 tonnes of garbage every month, equivalent to:
- 600,000 kilograms or 1,320,000 pounds or,
- more than 3 Boeing 747 jumbo jets (empty Boeing 747s weigh approximately 181 tonnes) or,
- 6 blue whales (blue whales can weigh over 100 tonnes) or,
- 275 killer whales (male killer whales weigh between 3,628 and 5,442 kilograms while females weigh between 1,362 and 3,628 kilograms) or,
- 86 elephants (an African bull elephant weighs up to 7,000 kilograms)
The City is working to achieve a 75% diversion rate for recycling and green waste, through waste-reduction initiatives such as the expanded Kitchen Waste Collection Program and the introduction of alternate-week garbage collection in 2010.
This is an achievable figure, based on a 2009 Metro Vancouver waste audit that shows that almost 75% of what we throw away in Port Coquitlam is green/kitchen waste or recycling, including:
- Paper: 13%
- Plastic: 13%
- Compostable organics: 48%
You can find more information about how you can divert more of your household waste away from the landfill on the following pages: