Keeping recyclables out of the garbage Keeping recyclables out of the garbage <div class="ExternalClassC9265D2F4BCD4EE08933CD41A0C343FA"><p>Loads arriving at Metro Vancouver disposal facilities are inspected for materials that shouldn’t be in the garbage - including those that are recyclable or hazardous, or pose a risk to waste collection workers, the public or the environment. There is a general list of banned materials on the <a href="/services/solid-waste/recycling-programs/disposal-ban/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=newsletter45&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver website</a>, and they are further defined in the <a href="/boards/Bylaws1/GVSDD_Bylaw_293.pdf" target="_blank">Tipping Fee Bylaw</a>. </p><p>Inspectors at the facilities issue surcharges to loads containing banned materials. If it is safe to do so, customers can avoid the surcharge by reloading their items to recycle them, or properly dispose of anything hazardous. </p><p>Over the past 5 years, recyclable household electronics such as vacuums, microwaves, TVs, and computers have consistently had the highest number of surcharges. Electronics can be recycled at many <a href="" target="_blank">recycling depots</a>, and at some <a href="/services/solid-waste/garbage-recycling/transfer-stations/Pages/default.aspx?utm_source=newsletter45&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chair_update" target="_blank">Metro Vancouver facilities</a>.</p><p>Surcharges for corrugated cardboard represented 15% of the total in 2015. Mattresses and paint account for 13% and 8% respectively. These items too have local recycling options.</p><p>In 2015, food waste and clean wood disposal bans were introduced. Surcharges began on July 1<sup>st</sup>, and from July to December 2015 there were average of 15 food waste surcharges per month, given to loads containing over 25% food waste. This is a vast improvement compared to a survey conducted in 2012, where 90 loads per month were found to contain 25% or more food waste.</p><p>The disposal ban program continues to be an effective tool to help encourage recycling in Metro Vancouver. </p></div>|#073170bf-6321-4af1-9a6c-77213bdeb19d;L0|#0073170bf-6321-4af1-9a6c-77213bdeb19d|Issue 21;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassEB4F6AE867FD4DA1AB8F09631D4F4F51"><p>​Inspectors are on site at the region's transfer stations to ensure common recyclable materials are not sent through the waste stream. TV's, vacuums, mattresses and clean wood are just some of the items that can be recycled, and do not belong in the landfill. </p></div>0