Food Waste Banned From Garbage in 2015Food Waste Banned From Garbage in 2015<div class="ExternalClass7B4BF107C9AA45B8810A5DC8A01D0F5B"><p>Initial enforcement will focus on large generators of food waste like supermarkets, and major restaurants and hotels. And, the first six months will be an education period when no penalties will be charged in order to give residents and businesses additional time to implement effective plans for separating food waste from the garbage. </p><p> In July, penalties will be applied to loads of garbage with excess food waste. As with other Metro Vancouver <a href="/services/solid-waste/bylaws-regulations/banned-materials/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"> disposal bans</a>, the rules are enforced when waste haulers deliver garbage to regional facilities for inspection. </p><p> Already 95 percent of single-family homes in Metro Vancouver have curbside collection of food and garden waste. And many businesses, schools, apartment buildings and malls have food recycling in place. The greatest opportunity to further reduce disposal of organic materials will come from businesses that generate large volumes of food waste and residents of multi-family complexes.</p><p> Food waste comprises about 40 percent of residential garbage, and almost a third of the food we buy ends up in the garbage. So by simply reducing the amount of food we waste and recycling our scraps we can keep tonnes of food out of the landfill.</p><p> Food waste rots in the landfill because there is inadequate oxygen to help it decay. This slow rate of decomposition creates methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. Wasted food is one of the largest sources of methane in the region.</p><p> Since 2012, Metro Vancouver has consulted widely with food sector businesses like grocery stores, restaurants and shopping mall food courts, and institutions such as school districts and health authorities about how this disposal ban will be implemented. A <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/issues/3897434104001" target="_blank">video</a> is available in seven languages introducing the ban, and <a href="/services/solid-waste/recycling-signage-campaigns/recycling-signage-colours/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">icon and translated signage</a> is available for download, which may be especially helpful to businesses and multi-family housing complexes.</p><p> Metro Vancouver has one of the highest recycling rates in North America at 60 percent. Successful implementation of this organics disposal ban will help the regional district achieve its goals of 70 percent in 2015 and 80 percent by 2020. Similar bans are in effect in <a href="http://www.nanaimo.ca/EN/main/departments/Engineering-Public-Works/garbage-and-recycling/GreenBin.html" target="_blank">Nanaimo</a>, <a href="http://www.halifax.ca/recycle/greencart.php" target="_blank">Halifax</a>, and <a href="http://www.sfenvironment.org/zero-waste/recycling-and-composting/residential-recycling-and-composting" target="_blank">San Francisco</a>.</p><p> Businesses and residents can also check their local municipality website to find out what services are offered or call the <a href="http://rcbc.ca/" target="_blank">Recycling Council of BC</a> hotline at 604-RECYCLE (604-732-9253). Recycling Council of BC staff can answer questions about the organics disposal ban, and provide information on commercial hauling and de-packaging services. </p></div>http://heimat-deutschland.info/metroupdate/PublishingImages/Issue5-a5.jpg2015-01-01T08:00:00ZGP0|#08524215-2a3b-4829-9825-f56a6017495c;L0|#008524215-2a3b-4829-9825-f56a6017495c|Issue 5;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassC3F1E0674F1A4B75B3C89A51E32FCAC1"><p>As of January 1, <a href="/services/solid-waste/bylaws-regulations/banned-materials/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">new rules</a> are in place to encourage residents and businesses in Metro Vancouver to separate food waste from regular garbage. The first six months will be an education period when no penalties will be charged in order to give residents and businesses additional time to implement effective plans for separating food waste from the garbage.  </p></div>

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