StatsCan reports on waste management industry

About one-quarter of the waste generated by Canadian businesses and households and handled by the waste management industry in 2000 was diverted from disposal, according to the Statistics Canada biennial report Waste Management Industry Survey: Business and Government Sectors, 2000.

The report presents quantities of waste disposed in landfills and incinerators managed by governments and businesses and the amount of waste generated and diverted from disposal. It also includes statistics on the preparation of materials for recycling or re-use, the operation of disposal facilities such as landfills and incinerators, as well as financial and employment characteristics of local governments and businesses that provided waste management services.

Report highlights are as follows.

The waste management industry handled an estimated 31 million tonnes of waste generated by Canadian businesses and households in 2000. About 24 per cent of that waste was diverted from disposal, and the remainder was either disposed of in landfills and incinerators or it was exported out of the country.

Operating expenditures of surveyed municipalities and other government bodies providing waste management services totalled $1.4-billion in 2000. Of this amount, about 60 per cent represented payments to contracted waste management firms.

Operating revenues of businesses in the waste management industry reached $3.4-billion in 2000, up 19 per cent over to the level two years earlier. Operating expenditures reached almost $3-billion. In addition, these firms invested over $427-million in capital expenditures.

Employment for the entire waste management industry, including both private and government sectors, totalled 30,980 persons in 2000, a 12 per cent increase from 1998. More than three-quarters (78 per cent) of these workers were employed by private waste management firms.

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