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Disposal Ban for Organics
Increase Food Donation
Ban on disposing food and compostable organics
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Consultation & Engagement 

We want to hear your views on the development and implementation of the Organics Disposal Ban.

In 2012, Metro Vancouver businesses and restaurants recycled about 270,000 tonnes of organics into compost and biofuel.
Ban on disposing food and compostable organics 

The way we manage waste is changing. Food will be separated from regular garbage

Metro Vancouver manages the waste for this region, including a system of transfer stations, landfills, and a waste-to-energy facility. Metro Vancouver will be banning organic materials (including food scraps) from all sources from these facilities starting in 2015. Here you will find tips and information.


Background - Find out why organics are being added to our region’s list of other recyclable materials that are already banned from disposal

Residents - Audit your own fridge. Watch and then share these quick videos on

  • how to make an easy paper liner for your kitchen bin,
  • why composting food scraps reduces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, and
  • peek inside a curb-side collection bin.

Visit your city web pages for information about your city program.

Restaurants - Use the Closing the Loop Guide to help you design, implement and maintain an organics recycling program

Grocers - Learn what other grocers are doing to reduce their volumes, and costs. Packaged goods, waxed cardboard, large volumes of food and other recyclable materials make up an average grocers waste bin.

Donation - Use these links to agencies accepting donations including prepared food, liability regulations and a tip sheet. Employees in food related businesses value food. They want it to be consumed, not thrown away.