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Why Waste?

Resource Recovery Strategy

For more information and to provide comments and feedback on the Why Waste? strategies, please visit our new Get Involved London website.

Background on the Development of the Why Waste? Initiative

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 waste generated by businesses.  Much of this waste is diverted through numerous waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting programs.  The waste that remains can be considered “Residual Waste”.  All of the Residual Waste from households and some of the Residual Waste generated by businesses is disposed of at the City’s W12A Landfill Site.  This landfill opened in 1977 and is expected to reach capacity in 2025, based on the current amount of waste being received.   

To plan for the future, the City has started development of a long-term Resource Recovery 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 Resource Recovery Strategy will identify:

  • areas of continuous improvement to maximize waste reduction, waste diversion and resource recovery including increasing the current London household waste diversion rate to 60% by 2022 from the current rate of 45%;
  • opportunities for advanced resource recovery and increased waste diversion through new, emerging and next generation technologies and where these technologies may play a role in London and area;
  • areas to reduce or maintain current costs of City programs;
  • ways in which to support local job creation efforts;
  • ways in which to maximize program convenience to Londoners; and,
  • methods to align with Provincial direction and the Waste Free Ontario Act.


A companion long-term Residual Waste Disposal Strategy is being developed in conjunction with the Resource Recovery Strategy.  The Residual Waste Disposal Strategy involves the development of a long-term plan to manage Residual Waste that cannot be diverted and involves completion of an Individual Environmental Assessment (EA) as prescribed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP).

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

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