Recycling rates are in for 2016Recycling rates are in for 2016<div class="ExternalClassFFE2F295F76E42AFB46AAF98421E0572"><p>Recycling rates continue to rise in Metro Vancouver, mainly due to improved recycling practices in both single family homes, up from 62% to 66%, and multi-family, which rose from 24% to 29%. Recycling rates in the business and construction & demolition sectors remained flat, but combined, the rise was up 62% overall. Waste disposed per-capita has decreased steadily since 2006, including an 8% decrease in just one year from 2014 to 2015.</p><p>Despite the increase in recycling and decrease in waste disposal, people are still throwing recyclables in the garbage. A closer look at the 2016 waste composition system showed the three biggest contributors to the waste stream were: </p><ul><li>compostable organics (27%) </li><li>paper (19%) </li><li>plastics (19%)</li></ul><p>This is interesting because there are recycling options for all of these items. Most single family homes in the region have green bins for curbside collection of organics. But 39% of compostable material, such as organics and food-soiled paper like napkins and pizza boxes, are still being thrown in the garbage instead of the green bin. Similarly, many multi-family homes and commercial/institutional buildings have green bin programs in place, but 47% and 35% respectively of their compostable materials end up in the garbage.</p><p>We have a substantial opportunity to rethink what goes into our green bins (and blue boxes) at home and at work to improve the success of these programs. Besides food waste, other compostable organics can be recycled, including paper plates, seafood shells, paper towels, and wooden chopsticks, all of which are featured in Metro Vancouver’s food scraps recycling campaign. </p><p>The way we manage our waste is changing, and recycling programs are constantly improving. But we have to change our mindset if we are to reach the long-term goal for this region, which is an 80% recycling rate. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue29-recyclingrates.jpg2017-02-27T08:00:00ZGP0|#97c53a9a-55fd-4128-87f7-a37055130c5a;L0|#097c53a9a-55fd-4128-87f7-a37055130c5a|Issue 29;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassED47DCB2818D4095803EDF6AD7FD5FDB"><p>​Recycling rates continue to rise in Metro Vancouver but residents are still throwing recyclables in the trash.</p></div>0Figure E1: Waste Disposal per Capita by Primary Category Composition (2011-2016) - All Sectors Combined (excluding DLC)