Did You Know?Did You Know?2014-11-01T07:00:00ZGP0|#2fa185f6-6c4a-4b0c-8689-5bb359637cd2;L0|#02fa185f6-6c4a-4b0c-8689-5bb359637cd2|Issue 3;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass7DC5BC969A074FF0B4323A517CB94519"> <ul> <li style="margin-bottom:25px;">In 2014, Metro Vancouver charged less than 63 cents per cubic metre of water provided to municipalities in the regional water district. That means 63 cents for 1000 litres of water – less than what it costs for one litre of bottled water.<br></li> <li style="margin-bottom:25px;">Several Metro Vancouver regional parks are world-renowned birding locations. <strong><a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/boundary-bay-regional-park" target="_blank">Boundary Bay Neglected Park</a></strong> is an internationally recognized <strong><em><a href="http://www.ibacanada.com/index.jsp?lang=en" target="_blank">Important Bird Area</a></em></strong> and a critical rest stop for thousands of birds using the Pacific Flyway migration route. More than 300 bird species feed and rest at <strong><a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/iona-beach-regional-park" target="_blank">Iona Beach Neglected Park</a></strong> during migration, and song birds and water fowl can be observed at <strong><a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/colony-farm-regional-park" target="_blank">Colony Farm</a></strong>  and <strong><a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/kanaka-creek-regional-park" target="_blank">Kanaka</a></strong> regional parks. In the midst of a highly urban area, 200 bird species are found at <strong><a href="/services/parks/parks-greenways-reserves/burnaby-lake-regional-park" target="_blank">Burnaby Lake Neglected Park</a></strong> as well as 200 nest boxes built and erected by volunteers around Burnaby Lake so that many of the species survive. Read more about <strong><a href="http://www.birding.bc.ca/regions/vancouver/index.php" target="_blank">birding in Metro Vancouver</a></strong>.<br></li> <li style="margin-bottom:25px;">Food waste from residents, businesses (including restaurants and grocery stores), and institutions like schools and hospitals will be banned from the garbage in 2015. Currently, about 20 percent of our region's garbage is food waste. Organic material like food and yard waste decomposes in the landfill and generates methane, a gas that is 21 times more potent that carbon dioxide.  Find out about our <a href="/services/solid-waste/food-scraps-recycling/background-implementation" target="_blank"><strong>Food isn’t garbage!</strong></a> campaign.</li></ul></div>