Yesterday, a group of 20 MURB (multi-unit residential building) recycling champions gathered to talk about their experiences and challenges of initiating food scraps recycling programs in their buildings. Special guests included Paul Henderson, General Manager of Solid Waste Services at Metro Vancouver and Andrea Reimer, Vancouver City Councilor; it was great to have Paul and Andrea present to answer the many questions around the upstream and downstream aspects of the local waste management and recycling systems, as well as comment on the proposed 2015 ban on food scraps in garbage.
The quote of the day belonged to Hilary Onno, a volunteer on the food scraps recycling committee in her MURB, who, in response to the conversation of smells and how it is often other items in garbage rooms (such as beer bottles not rinsed out) that are the real culprits of funky odours said, “but food scraps smell good, it smells like soil”. That is certainly music to our noses.
Kudos to all the Vancouver residents who volunteer their time to recycling efforts in MURBS. Continuous engagement and the measuring of metrics is a lot of work, and you are doing amazing and important work. In fact, we love them and the work they do so much we have nominated them for a Greenest City Leadership Award from the City of Vancouver for their tireless efforts to reach the City’s and Metro Vancouver’s zero waste goals. Whether they win this award or not, they are champions in our eyes.
This morning’s Sustainability Community Breakfast was on the topic of Food Scraps Recycling in MURBS (multi-unit residential buildings, basically apartments and condos). Murray and I had the pleasure to speak on the Trashtalk project, and I will write a little bit more shortly. Some really great questions and comments were raised, and it was enlightening to hear about the programs going on in other municipalities such as New West and Burnaby. For now, here is a teaser (thanks to recycling champion with the great question, Jim Yee, for taking the photo) and for those interested in a copy of the slidedeck, here it is (half eaten apple and all). There was also some live tweeting action #MVbrkfst.