Organics and Clean Wood Disposal Ban UpdatesOrganics and Clean Wood Disposal Ban Updates<div class="ExternalClass12787EA7108E479094B31EFC9B69A3FD"><p>As part of a six-month education period, inspectors at Metro Vancouver <a href="/services/solid-waste/garbage-recycling/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">disposal facilities</a> have provided educational notices to customers with excess organics or clean wood in their loads of garbage. No penalties will be assessed during this time.</p><p>In the first week, inspectors identified three loads of organics that exceeded the 25-percent threshold of food and garden waste allowed in regular garbage, and six loads in the second week. The commercial waste haulers that brought the garbage to the disposal facilities were notified of the new requirements.</p><p>Inspectors also identified about 90 loads of clean wood that exceeded the 10-percent threshold. </p><p>As of July 2015, non-compliant loads containing over 25 percent organics or 10 percent clean wood will be penalized with surcharges. </p><p>Metro Vancouver has been proactive to help prepare residents, businesses, including waste haulers, and institutions like schools and hospitals for the implementation of these bans. Initiatives undertaken include:</p><ul><li>A <a href="/media-room/media-releases/solid-waste/2/food-isnt-garbage-food-scraps-belong-in-your-green-bin-" target="_blank">food scraps recycling outreach campaign and media engagement</a> last fall.</li><li><a href="/services/solid-waste/about/campaign-materials/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Multi-lingual communications and resources</a> for food businesses and residents.</li><li> Educational resources for renovators and contractors about the <a href="/services/solid-waste/business-institutions/clean-wood-disposal-ban/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">clean wood ban</a>.</li><li><a href="/services/solid-waste/recycling-signage-campaigns/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Outreach and information sharing</a> to municipal, community and industry partners.</li><li>Posters and information at regional waste disposal facilities.</li><li>Establishing organics recycling services for quantities under 10 litres at all Metro Vancouver disposal facilities except the Matsqui transfer station. And, providing information that organics drop-off is also available at City of Vancouver disposal facilities.</li><li>Providing drop-off of any quantity of clean wood at all Metro Vancouver and City of Vancouver disposal facilities. </li></ul> </div>|#2873430e-0486-4243-a1ac-91845421275c;L0|#02873430e-0486-4243-a1ac-91845421275c|Issue 7;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass6162ED02069F47019097383817182230"><p>The <a href="/services/solid-waste/recycling-programs/disposal-ban/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">bans</a> to keep food waste and clean wood out of landfills came into effect on January 1. And, based on inspections to date at Metro Vancouver waste disposal facilities, the news is good. Inspection results indicate that large generators of organic materials (food and garden waste) are successfully recycling these materials, and not disposing of them in the garbage.</p></div>