City takes next steps to deliver food scraps collection for condos, apartments

The City of Vancouver moved closer today to implementing food scraps collection for apartments and condos in Vancouver, as staff outlined at Council the strategy to comply with the Metro Vancouver ban on organic waste going to the landfill in 2015.

Vancouver’s Green Bin program already serves more than 100,000 single family and duplex homes, as well as 1,800 multi-unit buildings in the city that were already receiving City garbage pick-up. In the first full year of Green bin collection, the amount of garbage collected dropped by 40% as food waste was diverted to composting.

“Our Green Bin program is diverting food scraps from the landfill, and moving us closer to our Greenest City goals,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We increasingly hear from people who live in apartments and condos that they want to have their food scraps collected. The City is taking further steps to help make that happen, and will be working with private waste collectors to expand service to all buildings in advance of the 2015 ban.”

Over the past year, City staff have met with groups like the Waste Management Association of BC, Building Owners and Managers Association, and Landlord BC to raise awareness about the upcoming Metro Vancouver ban and support expanded food scraps collection. There are 3,900 multi-unit residential buildings in Vancouver that are currently serviced by a private waste collector.

The City has also provided private waste collectors with outreach materials to increase awareness, as well as information to residents through 311, Pop-Up City Hall, and at community events.

In preparation for the Metro Vancouver ban, the City will be enacting a by-law to establish mandatory of food scraps for all sectors, including multi-unit residential buildings, by January 1, 2015.

As part of the Greenest City 2020 Zero Waste target, the City of Vancouver is aiming to reduce the total waste going to landfill or incinerator by 50% from 2008 levels, from 480,000 tonnes to 240,000 tonnes, by 2020.

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