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What happens to the Food Scraps you put in your Green Can?

Aug 14, 2014

Do you ever wonder what happens to the food scraps you put in your Green Can?

After being picked up from the curbside, Green Can material is brought to a composting facility where it is processed into high-quality compost. This compost is then sold to landscapers and farmers who use it to grow beautiful flower beds and lush landscapes. It's even possible that your Green Can contribution is nourishing a landscape near you.

This is the Green Can Cycle. The compost cycle helps to reduce greenhouse gases, contributes to a more sustainable region, and supports Metro Vancouver's target of achieving 70% waste diversion by 2015. 

Green Can Cycle Steps

1. Sort the Scraps
Fruit and vegetable scraps, meat and cheese, coffee grounds and egg shells, food-soiled paper plates, napkins and pizza boxes. What do all of these items have in common? They can all go in the Green Can! Take the first step in the cycle and separate food waste and food-soiled paper at the source with a kitchen container.

2. Make any can a Green Can!
By placing a Green Can sticker on any standard-sized lidded container, you can recycle food waste and yard trimmings and take the next step in the cycle. Make your own newspaper liner to help keep your Green Can clean. Learn more Green Can tips.

3. Curbside Collection
Place your Green Can at the curb by 7 am on your collection day to be picked up and brought to the composting facility. Weekly garbage, recycling and Green Can collection service is provided to all single-family households. Collection day information can be found in the Curbside Collection Calendar or on our Collection Schedule App

4. Creating Compost
Green Can material is brought to a local composting facility where your food scraps and yard trimmings are turned into nutrient-rich compost, which is then made available for local landscaping use. Learn more about the composting process at one of Delta's Free Sustainable Gardening Workshops.

5. Green Growing
Finally, nutrient-rich compost is used in top soil applications to promote growth in rain gardens, city boulevards and community gardens. It's even possible that your Green Can material was used to enhance a landscape in your neighbourhood.

Do your part—pick up a Green Can sticker from any Delta Recreation Centre or the Municipal Hall, and make any can a Green Can!