Toronto residents are putting only about one-half of their organic waste into the popular green bins, city documents show.

While the City of Toronto frequently states that 30 per cent of all household waste are “Green Bin organics,” it turns out homeowners, on average, place just 16.2 per cent of their household waste into green bins. This information was gleaned from a letter sent to the Toronto Star in libel proceedings brought by top city garbage official Geoff Rathbone.


A calculation based on figures Rathbone’s lawyer sent to the Star reveal that Toronto, though doing well, has a long way to go before it reaches that 30 per cent target. City officials have refused several requests to be interviewed about this matter over the past week.

Cities like Toronto are working to increase their garbage diversion rates in the race to become the greenest.