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MMSW GHG Data vs. Other Collection Activities


MMSW recognizes that your collection activities may not be entirely related to MMSW materials. MMSW only requires you report on GHG data that relates to MMSW-related activities within your recycling program.

To accurately report only MMSW GHG data, we recommend you apply a consistent methodology for calculating this allocation.

For example, if your fleet is also used for garbage, organics or commercial recycling collection, please only report the fuel or kilometres driven for collection of residential waste packaging and paper.

There are two scenarios for making this allocation based on which applies to your program:

  1. Activity of the collection vehicles.
  2. Collection for shared routes (more than one local government collected on a truck at the same time).

Scenario 1: Activity of the collection vehicles

If the collection vehicle used for your residential recycling program also collects other non-waste packaging and paper materials (e.g. organics, garbage, commercial material, etc.), we require you to allocate the share of fuel or kilometres driven to only the activities involved with collection of waste packaging and paper for your residential recycling program.

For example:

Collection truck A used for waste packaging and paper and garbage on different days
Total annual fuel used for collection 1000 L
Annual fuel used for collection of residential waste packaging and paper 750 L
Annual fuel used for collection of garbage 250 L
Please report 750 L fuel usage to MMSW

Scenario 2: Shared route collections

If applicable, check with your sub-contractor to determine if your collected waste packaging and paper is on a shared route with other collectors. If it is, the amount of GHG emissions generated by collection activities will need to be allocated based on your annual share of households on a full truck.

For example: once you determine the total fuel used or kilometres driven for only waste packaging and paper, please apply an allocation to determine your community’s share of GHG emissions on collection routes.

Total Fuel Usage = 750 L
Community A Households 80
Community B Households 20
Total Households on Full Truck 100
Community A Share GHG 80% x 750 L = 600 L
Community B Share GHG 20% x 750 L = 150 L

If the share of households is unknown, you may alternatively allocate based on a percentage share of total weight of waste packaging and paper.

Regional Waste Authorities 

If you are a regional waste authority, GHG data can be reported for your entire membership in aggregate. You do not need to report GHG data on a per-member basis. Please use the Originating Site that matches the name of your RWA to report in aggregate.

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