Starting today, Vancouver residents who live in a house or duplex can add all food scraps and food soiled paper along with yard waste to their green bin.
This means, in addition to uncooked fruits and vegetables, coffee grounds, egg shells and teabags, residents can now add meat, fish, bones, dairy, bread, cooked items and food soiled paper such as napkins, pizza boxes and paper plates.
“Expanding food scraps recycling is a big step towards meeting our Greenest City goals and will substantially cut back the amount of garbage disposed of at the landfill,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “If we remove all food scraps and compostables from Vancouver’s landfill, it reduces pollution by the same amount as taking 10,000 cars off the road.”
Almost 40 per cent of the garbage we send to the landfill is food scraps and other naturally compostable materials. The food scraps collected from residents’ homes - approximately 90,000 single-family homes and duplexes - can be recycled into nutrient-rich compost and soil for use throughout the region.