Originally Posted by hipster duck
I wonder how much waste is actually diverted in our big cities where 1/3-1/2 of people live in multifamily apartments and condos that might have private garbage pickup.
In many of those buildings, my impression is that waste diversion practices are horrible. If your option is to throw a bag down the garbage chute on your floor, or physically transport yourself 30 floors down to the basement to separate your recyclables, it's pretty likely that the most of the recyclables are going to wind up in the landfill.
i've dropped off garbage at the garbage place in coquitlam a few times and there is a team of workers, usually special needs people, whose job is to sort out the trash, they literally open the garbage bags and sort out the recycling, they break the trash down.
Also I also when it gets too much will drive the recycling things to the municipal recycling centre, they have large bins for newspaper, paper, cardboard, plastic and metal.