Too many Metro Vancouver recyclables still end up in landfill
Metro Vancouver’s waste stream continues to be littered with an over-abundance of food waste and plastics, but paper products aren’t piling up as much they once were.
A 2013 waste composition monitoring study suggests food waste remains the largest component of the overall waste stream — making up 42 per cent of all multi-family waste, 40 per cent among single families and 29 per cent in the industrial, commercial and institutional facilities.
The findings come as Metro Vancouver is in the midst of banning all food waste from garbage bins across the region, effective next year.
Kitchen trash cans will be officially off limits to table scraps — including everything from tea bags and mashed potatoes to greasy paper towels and chicken bones — which are to be dumped into lawn clipping bins for curbside collection.
The push is part of Metro Vancouver’s goal to divert 70 per cent of the region’s waste from landfills by 2015 — up from 55 per cent now — and 80 per cent by 2020.
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