Facts about zero wasteFacts about zero waste2015-09-30T07:00:00ZGP0|#d4dd73f1-fbe7-492c-8314-7ee9fb4f0386;L0|#0d4dd73f1-fbe7-492c-8314-7ee9fb4f0386|Issue 13;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass834B8533802843FA9E85E0A6723A92FE"><p class="ExternalClass3726EE51F5034B3DA0BA44AD5FCB13EB">Metro Vancouver is responsible for long term planning and disposing of the waste generated by residents and businesses in the region</p><div class="ExternalClass3726EE51F5034B3DA0BA44AD5FCB13EB"><ul><li>Some of <a href="/services/solid-waste/about/reports-resources/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">what goes to disposal</a> can be avoided; over 30% of Metro Vancouver's waste is food, over 10% paper and nearly 15% plastics. </li><li>Metro Vancouver works with our member municipalities to improve regulations, public education and access to recycling to reduce our waste further</li><li>Our goods come from all over the world, and whether locally or internationally produced, the majority of these products are designed without waste reduction and end-of-life recycling in mind</li><li>The National Zero Waste Council was formed in 2013 to address the environmental and economic costs of waste, and to substantially reduce waste</li><li>The annual <a href="http://www.zwc.ca/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Zero Waste Conference</a>, October 29, 2015 in Vancouver, is the place to get more information on where we are heading as a region, and a country, on waste reduction.</li></ul></div></div>0