Metro Vancouver met with numerous large grocery stores across the region. Their top tip to managing waste in-store? Lock all commercial bins, give management the keys, and ensure only non-recyclable materials reach the garbage.
All food is included in the Organics Disposal Ban. This includes dry goods, frozen, packaged food, dairy, deli, prepared, plate scrapings, in-store cafés, floral etc.
Increase organics collection services during hot weather to manage for odours.
Businesses need to manage their organics collection bins in order to reduce nuisances such as pests and odour.
Let your hauler know you want to recycle all that you can. There is a price differential, with lower tipping fees for separated, compostable loads than for mixed garbage. Some types of waxed cardboard and compostable food-soiled paper can be included in organics collection services – confirm with your hauler.
Seeing consistent recycling signage whether at work, school, or a common recycling room, helps staff and customers quickly sort their recycling, reduces contamination and increases recycling rates.
Plastics, including those marked biodegradable, and similar items contaminate compost and reduce its value - keep them out of the green bin. Common contaminants include: plastic wrap and bags, elastics, twist ties, straws, swizzle sticks, plastic cutlery and glass.