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Update on the Organics Disposal Ban for Metro Vancouver

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The way we manage our waste is changing. Starting in 2015, businesses and residents will need to separate food scraps from regular garbage.

A phased implementation strategy for the Organics Disposal Ban was approved by the Metro Vancouver Board on October 10, 2014. In the first phase of the ban (2015), a surcharge will be applied to loads of garbage if the quantity of organics exceeds 25% of the load. Typically only loads from large generators such as grocery stores and food processors without effective organics recycling programs would exceed 25% organics. The threshold will be reduced over time to provide businesses and residents the opportunity to put organics recycling systems in place.

This strategy was informed by input received during the formal consultation period that took place in the first half of 2014. Metro Vancouver consulted with residents, restaurants, grocers, Business Improvement Areas, health facilities, schools, property managers and small businesses on the challenges and opportunities for reducing and recycling food waste.

For a copy of the implementation strategy and consultation report click here. http://www.metrovancouver.org/boards/GVSDD%20Board/SD_Oct-10-2014_AGE.pdf

We Want to Hear From You
Share your thoughts on Metro Vancouver’s consultation process through our online survey. Your feedback is important to us and will inform future engagement and outreach activities for Metro Vancouver. The survey will be open until October 31, 2014. http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solidwaste/planning/Engagement/pages/ODBSurvey4.aspx

For More Information on the Organics Ban and Food Scraps Recycling Metro Vancouver staff is providing communications and tools to help the region transition to food scraps recycling. The region and its member municipalities have just launched an advertising campaign “Hey! Food isn’t garbage”. To download the new campaign materials and find resources for your own waste reduction initiatives (how to guides, toolkits, food donation guidelines, case studies of businesses implementing food scraps recycling, free recycling signage etc.), please visit www.metrovancouver.org/foodscraps. http://www.metrovancouver.org/foodscraps

Interested in a presentation from Metro Vancouver or the Organics Disposal Ban or food scraps recycling? Contact ODB@metrovancouver.org.

Need help with food scraps waste reduction and recycling? Contact the Recycling Hotline at 604-REC-YCLE (604-732-9253).

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Check out other Food Scraps Recycling Initiatives in Metro Vancouver:

Simon Fraser University – Zero Waste: Innovations to Drive a Circular Economy – October 20, 2014 – http://www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/community-summit/2014-summit/zero-waste.html
Tourism Vancouver: Organics Waste Management – October 29, 2014 – http://www.tourismvancouver.com/rsvp/index.cfm?action=details&noredirect=1&eventId=635

If you’re holding an event and would like to have it featured in the above section, please email us at ODB@metrovancouver.org with the subject line “Feature Event Request”.

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