Methane produced by Canadian landfills makes up roughly 3 per cent of the country’s annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) wants to identify ways to reduce methane emissions from the waste sector and the costs associated with those actions. This includes increasing the capture and control of landfill gas, diverting more organic materials from landfills, and more.
ECCC is asking Canadian municipalities who have conducted waste characterization studies to share their data. By contributing to this initiative, you will help ECCC:
- Improve the understanding of the current quantity of organic and other waste being sent to landfills in Canada, creating a useful baseline
- Develop improved provincial and territorial averages of the percentage of waste in landfills
- Track progress in recycling and diversion efforts
- Assist waste management decision-makers in identifying areas for improvement
A summary of findings will be posted on ECCC’s website. Data from individual communities or landfills will not be made publicly available.
Submit your studies to ECCC by Wednesday, December 20, 2017.
For more information: If you would like more information on this request or other ECCC initiatives, please contact the ECCC.