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Why Waste?

Residual Waste Disposal Strategy

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In the City of London, more than one tonne of waste is produced per person each year. This includes waste generated at home as well as business waste.  Much of this waste is diverted through numerous reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and biogas programs. The waste that remains can be considered "Residual Waste".  All of the Residual Waste generated from households and a portion generated by businesses is disposed of at the City’s W12A Landfill Site.  There is also a small amount of waste from outside of London that is delivered to London's landfill, while some of London's business waste is taken to landfills located outside of the city for disposal. 

Residual Waste Pie Chart

London's landfill site is located in the south end of the city, at 3502 Manning Drive.  The landfill opened in 1977 and is expected to reach capacity in 2025, based on the current amount of waste being received. 

Aerial of London Landfill

To plan for the future, the City of London has started the development of a long-term Residual Waste Disposal Strategy. The Strategy involves the development of a long-term plan to manage residual waste and involves completion of an Individual Environmental Assessment (EA) as prescribed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP). The Individual EA requires approval by the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and Cabinet.

It is proposed the Why Waste? Residual Waste Disposal Strategy will:

  • consider expanding the W12A Landfill Site;
  • find solutions that will manage residual waste until 2050 (25 years beyond the current approved capacity of the W12A Landfill);
  • look at the possibility of allowing neighbouring municipalities to use any new/expanded waste disposal facilities developed by the City, approved by the Province and under conditions approved by Municipal Council;
  • place limits on the amount of Residual Waste that will be accepted at any new/expanded waste disposal facilities; and,
  • commit to increasing the current London residential (household) waste diversion rate to 60% by 2022, from the current rate of 45%.

A companion Resource Recovery Strategy is being developed in conjunction with the Residual Waste Disposal Strategy.  The Resource Recovery Strategy involves the development of a plan to maximize waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and resource recovery in an economically viable and environmentally responsible manner.

The City is seeking the public’s input and feedback, by way of community engagement, throughout the development of the Resource Recovery Strategy and Residual Waste Disposal Strategy.  

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