Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities

Emma Yonge

How Might We

... help Calgarians reduce landfill-bound waste?

Emma Y


In broad terms, my problem statement asks how I might help people reduce their own landfill-bound waste. Sustainability is an issue for present and future communities— more specifically the waste which communities produce. At the moment landfill bound waste is a large contributing factor keeping communities from reaching their sustainability goals.

Currently, the City of Calgary is attempting to reach a goal of 70% landfill diversion by 2030. There are issues with attempting to reach a status of zero waste. This is because there are no perfect systems and so there is always some form of waste being produced. In addition, a goal of that stature has intangible micro-goals within it so helping people to reduce waste is more concrete to both study and offer solutions.