Long-Term Solid Waste Management Plan

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Long-Term Solid Waste Management Plan

A plan fit for Toronto’s zero waste future.

For the past two years, a team of HDR waste experts has worked hand-in-hand with the City of Toronto to develop a long-term waste management strategy aligned with their goal of a zero waste future. And our hard work has paid off. 

Toronto City Council unanimously approved the strategy in July 2016, laying the City’s waste management framework for the next 30-50 years. The strategy not only builds on the City’s existing waste management system, it identifies a path of forward thinking and continuous improvement, further establishing Toronto as an international city of innovation and leadership. The strategy focuses on the 5R’s (reduction, reuse, recycling, recovery and residual disposal) to minimize waste requiring disposal and to move the City towards a circular economy that views waste as a resource. Community engagement has a high priority to encourage participation by Toronto’s residents, over half of whom live in apartments and condos.

As the largest and most diverse urban municipality in Canada, Toronto has the unique, and sometimes challenging, responsibility of providing efficient and effective waste-management services, while constantly searching for improvements. Being a global leader enables Toronto to explore new technologies, programs and services while developing and applying creative solutions to meet their needs.  

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City of Toronto

Toronto, ON



Honor Award, Planning (2018)
Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Awards
American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists