Factors Influencing Increases in Residential Recycling System Costs for Ontarios Blue Box program
Department of Geography, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
- *Corresponding Author:
- Calvin Lakhan
Department of Geography
Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, 21st Madrid
Crst, Brampton Ontario, L6S2X, Canada
E-mail: [email protected]
Received January 21, 2016; Accepted January 29, 2016; Published February 07, 2016
Citation: Lakhan C (2016) Factors Influencing Increases in Residential Recycling System Costs for Ontario’s Blue Box program. Adv Recycling Waste Manag 1:103. doi:10.4172/2475-7675.1000103
Copyright: © 2016 Lakhan C. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
This study undertook an extensive overview of the state of recycling in Ontario, including detailed discussions on the types of material being generated and diverted and the economics of Blue Box recycling. Specifically, this study examined how Blue Box generation, recovery and costs have changed over time, and identified trends in the data to suggest that material management costs are increasing inordinately relative to the quantities of material being recovered. While it is difficult to specifically isolate the cause for rising system costs, there is evidence in the data to suggest that high cost "fringe" materials now comprise a larger share all material being generated in the province. Given that there is strong statistical support to suggest that this trend is likely to continue into the future, policy planners need to take a step back and identify not only how to reverse these trends, but develop policies that optimize the mix of materials being recovered.