Too many Metro Vancouver recyclables still end up in landfill

A 2013 waste composition monitoring study suggests food waste remains the largest component of the overall waste stream.

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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About jensera

Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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