Vancouver Sun Article: Green apartment dwellers go flat out to recycle food scraps

Debris once destined for landfill now diverted — thanks to the Vancouver Trash Talk scheme

David and Karen are recycling champions volunteering their time to initiate a food scraps recycling program in their new condo building in Mount Pleasant

David and Karen are recycling champions volunteering their time to initiate a food scraps recycling program in their new condo building in Mount Pleasant

 

A group of Vancouver residents is in a pilot program to encourage people who live in apartments, condos and co-operatives around the city to set up their own food scrap recycling programs.

Co-directors of the Vancouver Trash Talk project, Murray Mollard and Cheryn Wong, have recruited 11 teams in 12 buildings around Vancouver who are working with their neighbours to divert as much food scrap waste from the buildings’ garbage dumpsters as possible.

The project comes in advance of a move by Metro Vancouver to ban organic (and food scrap) waste in the landfill from all sources starting in 2015. Simultaneously, the City of Vancouver — as part of its Greenest City 2020 Plan — aims to divert 50 per cent of its 2008 garbage levels by 2020, and a key to the plan is eliminating food scrap waste, which accounts for about 40 per cent of garbage now shipped to the landfill.

While Vancouver and other municipalities around the region try to put in place the infrastructure needed to recycle the organic waste instead of sending it to the dump, the key to Vancouver’s garbage makeover is getting buy-in at the household level, Mollard told The Sun.

He said the program targets Vancouverites who live in apartments and condos because there is no civic plan in place to store and retrieve food scrap waste from multi-family buildings in the city.

Participation in the project has been promising, he said.

“Vancouver has a lot of green-motivated people out there, who want to do recycling, who want to behave in a way that is friendly to the Earth.”

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