What’s the big deal with food scraps being in the garbage?
When food and other organic materials end up in the garbage they:
- Create methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that adds to global warming. In the landfill, buried under layers of waste and without access to oxygen, food can’t decompose properly.
- Use up a lot of precious landfill space. Space is limited, and creating more landfills is undesirable. Over 30% of what we send to the landfill in our region is compostable organics.
- Make waste-to-energy processes less efficient because of their high moisture content. About a third of the region’s waste is disposed in the waste-to-energy facility.
Metro Vancouver has developed this two minute video to explain the introduction of the new food scraps recycling rules. Available in English, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Tagalog and Korean. Short “how to” brochures are also available in all these languages.