Food scraps ban starts January 1 – are you ready?
The time has come: starting in 2015 everyone – yes, everyone – across Metro Vancouver will be banned from including food scraps in our regular garbage. This includes commercial buildings (grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, retail stores and shopping malls); institutional and industrial buildings (health care facilities and schools); and single family houses, residential and commercial buildings (apartments and offices).
Food scraps include raw food, plate scrapings, leftovers, de-packaged food, meat etc. Some food soiled paper such as pizza boxes or used table napkins can also be collected.
Options to help with the transition:
- Start a food scraps collection service at your office/business/building
- Install on-site organics management for your building
- Because 40% of the garbage we send to the landfill is compostable
- Once food is buried, it releases methane gas that contributes to global warming
- Throwing away food is expense; businesses can save money by reducing waste
There are lots of tools, promo material and tips to help you.
Restaurants and food service operators; use this great guide.