Hey! Food Isn’t Garbage! Hey! Food Isn’t Garbage! <div class="ExternalClass9943CC64CCDB4CA28209FF37F5157331"><p>…and neither are Grease or Chopsticks. </p><p>Metro Vancouver just introduced two new food scraps characters to the popular <em>Hey! Food isn’t garbage!</em> campaign. <em>‘Grease’</em> and <em>‘Chopsticks’</em> were chosen for 2016 to clarify for residents that along with their food scraps, these items too can be put in the green bin for composting.</p><p> <em>Grease</em></p><p>In the last edition of this newsletter there was an article reminding us all to not put grease down the drain, where it hardens and clogs pipes. Fats, oils, and grease, salad dressing and yogurt can go into the green bin. This includes plate scrapings, grease left in the pan and greasy left-overs. If you regularly have large volumes of used cooking oil, it should go to a depot to be recycled into biofuel. Use <a href="http://www.metrovancouverrecycles.org/" target="_blank">MVRecycles</a> to locate grease depots. </p><p> <em>Chopsticks</em></p><p>Disposable wooden chopsticks (the kind wrapped in paper that you get with takeout) can also go in the green bin. So too can wood skewers and wood single-use cutlery. There are over 2,700 Asian influenced restaurants in the Metro Vancouver region, many of which provide take-out with wooden chopsticks.</p><p>By understanding what products can go in the green bin, residents can keep more waste out of the garbage. This keeps more waste out of our landfills, reduces our methane contributions and creates valuable resources like compost and bioenergy. </p><p>The food scraps characters are seen as decals in municipal buildings throughout the region. They are also featured in an advertising campaign, which includes billboard and bus shelter ads, in grocery stores, at the cinema, and online. </p><p>Over 90% of single family residences and 90% of multi-family homes and food service businesses now have access to food scraps recycling programs. Metro Vancouver found that in 2015, 60 to 70 thousand tonnes more organics (including food scraps) were recycled than in 2014.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue25-notgarbage.jpg2016-10-31T07:00:00ZGP0|#3f3e419f-0fa5-4790-ac10-a80ab0188ba4;L0|#03f3e419f-0fa5-4790-ac10-a80ab0188ba4|Issue 25;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass78A0EE104D8F4E2490A929603821488A"><p>​Introducing two new food scraps characters to the popular <em>Hey! Food isn't garbage! </em>campaign.  Along with your food scraps, '<em>Grease'</em> and '<em>Chopsticks'</em> can be put in the green bin for composting.</p></div>0