Total waste to landfill in 2017 was statistically lower when compared to 2016 and the landfilled waste generated per person also showed a statistical decrease compared to 2016, dropping to 379 kg/person. Annual per person landfilled waste production still exceeds the performance target of 350 kg/person/year.
Why Monitor This
The manner in which we currently offer visitors and residents the services and products required to fulfill their lifestyle needs leads to the degradation of nature, high energy use and can result in rapid ‘waste’ production. Diversion through recycling and composting of these materials reduces the amount of waste sent to the landfill and can become new sources of material for products. Landfills occupy large parcels of land, emit greenhouse gases, act as wildlife attractants and, among other threats, can leach harmful materials into the surrounding environment. Landfills also emit methane gas, contributing to climate change.
What This Measures
This indicator measures the total kilograms of solid waste material sent to landfill from the Nesters and Function Junction waste depots, as well as the Waste Transfer Station in the Callaghan. While most demolition waste is included in the measure, some demolition waste skips Whistler's transfer station and as a result is not captured in this measure.