This is the percentage of a recyclable material collected (placed aside for recycling), out of the total amount of that particular material generated. The capture rate is an excellent indicator of how well a building’s recycling program is working.
Capture rate = Total recycling /Total recycling + Recycling in waste*100
Cart (as it relates to waste):
A bin with wheels usually made out of plastic for storing materials.
When non- recyclables are mixed with materials in a recycling stream.
The percentage of material in a recycling bin that ‘normally’ shouldn’t be there as that material is not acceptable in that program. A high contamination rate means all the materials in that particular recycling bin could be deemed ‘not recyclable’. A high level of contamination makes processing of materials difficult. Hence such materials are re-channeled for disposal.
A system of redirecting materials from landfill by reusing, recycling or recovery.
An expression of how much waste is actually prevented from ending up in landfill is referred to as Diversion rate.
Diversion rate = Total recycling/Total recycling +Total waste*100
A place(s) where materials are transported. A destination can be a transfer station, a sorting facility (material recovery facility), a factory for processing materials or a landfill site.
A site for solid waste disposal whereby waste is buried in layers and covered by soil.
Materials that are deemed ‘not recyclable’ such as soiled paper towels, broken rubber bands.
This is a process whereby waste materials are converted new materials. Materials that would have been discarded as waste are processed into new products.
Materials that are placed aside for recycling. These include recyclable materials such as paper, cans/glass/plastic, cardboard. Depending on the program(s) available organics, scrap metal, electronic waste and other recyclables may also be collected.
A term that denotes Reduce Reuse Recycle. Commonly referred to as the 3Rs.
A law or rule made by an authority.
Materials including recyclables and trash generated as a result of different activities.
Waste to Energy: is one of the processes of diverting non-recyclable waste from landfill. This involves conversion of waste to energy usually in the form of electricity, heat and fuel.