Canadian Council of Ministers
of the Environment

Le Conseil canadien des ministres
de l'environnement

Current Priorities

Aspirational Canada-wide Waste Reduction Goal

In November 2018 ministers endorsed a Canada-wide aspirational waste reduction goal, meant to encourage and highlight waste reduction progress in Canada.

The Canada-wide waste reduction goal does not set a specific jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction target. It will complement waste reduction efforts within each jurisdiction. Canada is on its way to meeting the 2030 goal, as some jurisdictions have adopted ambitious policies and programs to prevent and divert major waste streams such as organics and packaging.

In 2014, each Canadian threw away an average of 706 kg of all types of waste. The Canada-wide goal is to reduce this to 490 kg per person (a 30% reduction) by 2030, and to 350 kg per person (a 50% reduction) by 2040.

Progress will be measured through the Statistics Canada biennial Waste Management Industry Survey kg/capita measure.