Most municipalities in Metro Vancouver are now collecting food waste – this means all food, such as meat, cheese, dairy, bones, fruit & vegetables from single family households, and are in the process of expanding collection into multi-family buildings (apartments and condos).
- About one third of the average home’s garbage is food scraps, representing hundreds of dollars of groceries. How can you waste less food?
- In the landfill rotting food produces methane, a powerful green house gas. When composted properly, food does not produce methane. Instead it produces compost (like soil) and biofuel that can run vehicles, including garbage trucks.
- Please don’t use plastic or biodegradable bags. Most residents are using no liner (rinsing out their container) or wrapping food waste in newspaper or a paper bag. Our region’s compost facilities make high quality compost for landscaping and don’t want plastic.
- In 2012, residents and businesses in our region composted about 270,000 tonnes of food waste that would otherwise go to the landfill.