Did You Know?Did You Know?2015-04-15T07:00:00ZGP0|#923c98f2-db26-4fa0-8ad4-bed6c5ee91e6;L0|#0923c98f2-db26-4fa0-8ad4-bed6c5ee91e6|Issue 8;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassB4E723D741C244BA8D0E540DB1C77F35"><ul><li>​If you’ve been strolling through many of our <a href="/services/parks/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Regional Parks</a>, you’ve seen Oemleria cerasifromis (Indian Plum) starting to flower. This native shrub is the first deciduous plant whose leaves emerge in spring, winning the race to capture sunlight before other plants block it. Great strategy when you live underneath the canopy of taller deciduous shrubs and trees! Look for clusters of small white flowers that droop at the end of the branch. These first blooms are food for early emerging pollinators that need nectar and pollen to sustain them before other flowers bloom.  </li></ul></div><p> </p><ul><li>Studies have determined that much of the food found in Metro Vancouver residential garbage was never even used. And, food waste in the garbage creates methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. The environmental consequences are not just limited to food rotting in landfills, however, as 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>.</li></ul><p> </p><ul><li>Although Metro Vancouver has among the best recycling rates in North America, every year about 1.33 million tonnes of waste is NOT recycled. If this garbage was piled up and not compacted it would fill a hockey rink to a height of about five kilometres. <br></li></ul>