Did You Know?Did You Know?2015-03-27T07:00:00ZGP0|#2873430e-0486-4243-a1ac-91845421275c;L0|#02873430e-0486-4243-a1ac-91845421275c|Issue 7;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass2C2BF7F0B34840718C2E7D60E8753020"><ul><li>Studies have determined that much of the food found in Metro Vancouver residential garbage was never even used.<br> <br>Food waste in the garbage creates methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. The environmental consequences, however, are not just limited to food rotting in landfills. The resources required to grow, package, and transport that food are also wasted. Find out about <a href="/services/solid-waste/food-scraps-recycling/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> recycling food waste</a>.<br><br></li><li>Food waste is also put down sinks and toilets and taxes our sewage system. If we reduce the amount of food waste in the liquid waste stream, we can defer additional maintenance costs and even the need for more treatment facilities. More than a million residents are expected to move into our region in the coming decades, and taking preventative measures will help us avoid environmental and financial costs.<br><br></li><li>Metro Vancouver maintains the very-popular <a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/grouse-grind" target="_blank"> Grouse Grind</a> hiking trail, and despite the recent unseasonably warm weather, the trail remains closed. This seasonal closure is largely required to preserve the trail. When hikers ignore the closure, the trail can be damaged, leading to erosion and exposed tree roots, which can cause trees to die and be removed. Damage by winter hikers can actually delay the spring opening because of the significant laborious work required to prepare the trail for the spring and summer. </li></ul></div>