Metro Vancouver has set a 70 per cent waste diversion rate for the region by 2015 and 80 per cent by 2020. Of the non-recycled waste disposed in the region, about one-third is compostable organics, including food waste and food-soiled paper. Because organics are such a large portion of the region’s garbage, the ISWRMP calls for the introduction of an Organics Disposal Ban starting in 2015.
WHAT WILL BE BANNED?
When the Organics Disposal Ban comes into effect, compostable organic materials will need to be separated from regular garbage. Some examples of organic materials include:
• Meats and fish
• Bones and seafood shells
• Pasta, bread and rice
• Dairy products
• Sauces, dressings, etc.
• Vegetable and fruit peels, seeds and pits
• Coffee grounds/filters and tea bags
• Waxed cardboard boxes
• Pizza boxes
• Paper plates/cups
• Paper towels/napkins
• Paper egg cartons
• Food-soiled newspaper
• Paper bags and kraft paper liner bags used
for collecting scraps
WHO WILL THE BAN APPLY TO?
- Commercial buildings (examples include grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, retail stores and shopping malls)
- Institutional and industrial buildings (examples include health care facilities and schools)
- Single family and multi-family residential buildings and mixed-use buildings (examples include apartments and offices)
All businesses and residents will need to separate organic materials from their regular garbage. Most municipalities have organics collection as part of their regular waste-removal services. Residents of multi-family and mixed-use buildings may need to add organics collection to their contracted waste-removal service. For the commercial and institutional/industrial sectors, food waste will
either need to be processed on-site (usually by composting), donated (usable leftover food) or transported to an appropriate processing facility for composting or energy recovery.
For tips on how to reduce waste visit the Waste Tips section of this web site.
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