Biennial Waste Management Industry Survey

Diverted material of economy, weight

Diverted material refers to material that is diverted from the waste stream. Waste diversion includes any physical transformation of materials in preparation for recycling or reuse. Such activities include sorting, cleaning, and volume reduction as well as composting and anaerobic digestion. Diverted material refers only to that material entering the waste stream and does not cover any waste that may be managed on site by a company or household. Additionally, it does not include those materials transported by the generator directly to secondary processors, such as, pulp and paper mills, while bypassing entirely any firm or local government involved in waste management activities.

Economy refers to the entire set of resident institutional units. It is divided into sectors that consists of groups of resident institutional units. An institutional unit is resident in a country when it has a centre of economic interest in the economic territory of that country. It is said to have a centre of economic interest when there exists some location - dwelling, place of production or other premises - within the economic territory on, or from, which it engages, and intends to continue to engage, in economic activities and transactions on a significant scale either indefinitely or over a finite period of time.

The data for this variable are reported using the following measurements:

  • Tons
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