Food Scraps Recycling - first anniversary approachingFood Scraps Recycling - first anniversary approaching<div class="ExternalClass882D0AD80682498380DE67845261F6B3"><p>​Metro Vancouver, in coordination with Member Municipalities, introduced an Organics Disposal Ban in January 2015; a new rule to separate food scraps from regular garbage and collect it for recycling into compost or biofuel. Our waste audits indicate about 30% of what we put in our landfills is food scraps. How are we doing after year one? Really well. The Organics Disposal Ban is helping to increase food scraps recycling and overall diversion rates across the region.</p><ul><li>Over 95% of single-family households in the region have food scraps recycling</li><li>A spring 2015 survey showed very high awareness of the regulation across the food-service industry, grocers, and apartment and condo sectors. Around two-thirds of buildings surveyed had a food scraps recycling program in place by April 2015.</li><li>We saw an 18% increase in the overall amount of organics recycled in 2015 over 2014.</li></ul><p>Even before the regulation, many households, businesses and institutions across our region began recycling food scraps in recent years. <a href="" target="_blank">Port Coquitlam</a> was the first municipality in our region to offer a food scraps collection program to single-family households, back in 2009.</p><p>In 2013 and 2014 many institutions and businesses which hadn’t started a program were informed and engaged and given time to prepare. Business and residents were consulted on how the ban would be phased in and enforced – two crucial issues. Meanwhile Member Municipalities worked with their residents.</p><p>The regulation came into effect January 1 2015, with a lot of media attention, and a six-month education period. Starting July 1, 2015 surcharges were applied at the region’s solid waste facilities on waste loads containing more than 25% visible food.</p><p>Throughout 2015, Metro Vancouver focused on encouraging residents and businesses to recycle food scraps through industry associations, convening stakeholders, and developing and distributing educational materials.</p><p>How-to guides, posters, videos and case studies for restaurants and condos and apartments are found at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> as are the behaviour change campaigns <a href="/services/solid-waste/about/campaign-materials/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> <em>Food Isn’t Garbage</em></a> and <a href="" target="_blank"> <em>Love Food Hate Waste</em></a>. All of these materials are available for use with no charge, and are often requested and shared by other regions looking for advice on starting their own programs.</p><p>Recycling foodscraps, and keeping them out of the landfill, is a great way to lower our carbon emissions, and show that we care about the place where we live. In this <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/metro-vancouver-close-up/217897945" target="_blank">4 minute video</a> visit with some students to hear how they are establishing foodscraps recycling in their own local schools.</p></div>|#6818d587-f8ee-4672-81e8-10422dd671aa;L0|#06818d587-f8ee-4672-81e8-10422dd671aa|Issue 16;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass75C5225B087042E98C7427101959A752"><div><p>​​Food scraps are becoming more and more common in homes and businesses. The regulation has been in place for a full year now. How are we all doing? Really well! </p></div></div>0