Diversion Tracking

Waste diversion is the process the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District and its communities are implementing in order to move towards a Zero Waste region. Diversion tracking refers to measurement services provided by communities to track the size of the landfill and what goes into it.

SLRD communities use a variety of methods to track waste diversion, so best estimates for waste generation and recycling rates were developed for the last regional Solid Waste Management Plan update. In 2006, the recycling rate increased to 33% from 24% in 2003. While this shows improvement there is still a lot of work to be done; an estimated 40% of the waste stream going to landfills was made up of compostable material, and the majority of the other material was recyclable.