Organics Recycling Beginning April 1 (no joke!)

It’s official! We will be starting our Organics Recycling with a two-week trial on April 1.

In preparation for this, you will need to source some kind of a container that you will collect your food scraps in, similar to these ones at London Drugs:

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(you don’t need to go out an purchase something, any plastic container with a lid will be fine)

You can start collecting your organics at any time, and you can store them in the freezer until April 1. Once your suite’s bin is full, take your scraps down to the recycling room, where there will be a new bin (as of April 1) to dump them into. We will have this picked up once a week.

Here’s a list of what you can and cannot put into organic recycling:

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Download this as a .pdf here: ww_stickers_15cmx15,  and print it off to keep in your kitchen for a reminder.

Here are some more tips to live a green lifestyle.

Organics Ban

Over the next 6 months to a year, the City of Vancouver is placing a ban on all organic material going to the landfill.

This is a really positive step–many people don’t realize that even organic waste takes a long, long time to decompose in the landfill, because it gets buried under garbage, and doesn’t get the required amount of aeration to break down.

Starting in 2015, organic waste is now going to start to be separated from regular garbage in the same way you’d separate your recycling.  You will have a special container in your suite for storing this, until you take it down to the recycling/garbage room, where a special container will be provided. This container will then be picked up.

January to June are what’s referred to as an “Education Period.” The city is not enforcing the ban just yet, which gives us an opportunity to organize how we will manage pickup.

In the mean time, here is some information for you on the topic: Acceptable Organics photos.

Also, visit this website.