Waste Diversion

Side view of building under construction

With landfill space at a premium, waste management is a critical issue for the City of Toronto. This is being addressed by Waterfront Toronto in several ways.

 On the building-scale, our Minimum Green Building Requirements mandates that all kitchens have separated cabinet space for the segregated collection of recyclables, organics, and waste. All residential buildings over three storeys must provide tri-sorting or separate chutes for each waste stream on each floor. A collection area for household hazardous waste such as paints, batteries, and electronics must also be provided in all buildings. These efforts are intended to make it easier for occupants to divert their waste away from landfills.

For construction-related waste, Waterfront Toronto requires that all construction and demolition projects divert at least 50% of waste, with a target of 75%. This requirement is included in the Environmental Management Plan and achieves a credit as part of our LEED for Neighbourhood Development Gold certification. Below are the waste diversion results for construction, demolition, and excavation activities that have been achieved in our development and public projects. 

waste diversion rates for waterfront projects

waste diversion infographic