Waste management is the collection, transport, processing or disposal of waste materials, usually produced by human activity, in an effort to reduce their effect on human health and the environment.
Canadians generate significant waste. Statistics Canada reports that in 2010 Canadians generated over 936 kilograms of waste per person. Of this total, 729 kg went to landfills. For the past decade, waste diversion has stagnated while waste disposal has been on the rise in Canada.
Environment ministers are committed to taking action within their jurisdictions and through CCME to continuously improve Canada’s record on reducing and recycling waste. Ministers envision Canada as a world leader in waste management.
CCME’s current priorities in support of that vision are:
The delivery of waste activities is coordinated by CCME's Waste Management Task Group (WMTG).
CCME resources on waste can be found here.
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