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Organics Disposal Ban Update

Jun 30, 2015

Did you know approximately 40% of the garbage going to our landfill is compostable? 

Once food scraps and yard waste are buried in the landfill, they release methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

Metro Vancouver launched the Organics Disposal Ban in January, banning food scraps from the garbage to help reach the regional waste diversion target of 70% by 2015. Starting July 1, waste loads with more than 25% visible food will be surcharged. While the ban includes both single- and multi-family households, surcharges will initially affect large generators of food waste like restaurants and grocery stores. Like other bans, charges will be applied to waste haulers.

With Delta’s successful Green Can program already in place for single-family households, the transition to food scraps recycling is easy! Since the program started in 2012, Delta has reduced household garbage by 10%. Together, recycling our food scraps reduces the amount of garbage sent to the landfill, cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions, and creates nutrient-rich compost.

Start composting and get your Green Can today! Contact the Engineering Department at 604-946-3260 for more information.