Actively Green certified business The Wren at Vail reported a 56 percent diversion rate for 2014. In the world of trash and recycling, a diversion rate refers to how much waste is diverted from the landfill so, the higher the percentage, the better. Calculate the diversion rate at your home or office in three easy steps: Step 1: Measure the volume or weight of your trash for a specified period of time. Step 2: Measure the volume or weight of your recycling for the same time period. Step 3: Divide the amount of recycling by the amount of trash. For example, one can of recycling divided by two cans of trash equals a 50 percent diversion rate. What’s your diversion rate? We suggest aiming for 50 percent or greater — you can do it!