New tool for improving recycling in MURBs (multi unit residential buildings) available!

Metro Vancouver has developed the Multi-Family Recycling Toolkit, Check it out here.

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Excerpt from Metro Vancouver Notice:

23 April 2015

Metro Vancouver has developed the Multi-Family Recycling Toolkit, an online tool to help owners, stratas, managers and residents improve recycling in their multi-family buildings.

Apartments, condos and townhomes typically have low recycling rates. In 2013, the regional multi-family recycling rate was only 28%, compared to 60% for single-family.

“Recycling systems vary between municipalities and individual buildings, so there’s no one-size-fits-all solution,” said Malcolm Brodie, Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Committee. “This new Toolkit points people to the tailored resources, signage and best practices for their particular situation.”

The Multi-Family Recycling Toolkit asks users to identify their municipality, amount of units and type of collection system. It calculates an estimate for how many garbage, recyclable and food scraps bins are required and provides the appropriate downloadable handouts, posters and signage. These supporting materials account for variations in municipal recycling systems. For example, a separate stream appears for municipal programs that offer glass collection.

Next, users are presented with waste reduction resources like how to avoid unwanted newspapers and phone books, plus links to MetroVancouverRecycles.org, to recycle non-blue box items like electronics or mattresses.

Finally, the Toolkit provides building managers and motivated residents with guidance and templates they can use to build a recycling team within their complexes.

Link: http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/apartments-condos/apartment-recycling-toolkit/Pages/default.aspx.


Trashtalk Champions Network to Share Learning

Trashtalk teams from all participating residences recently met to enjoy a delicious feast and talk trash. The event was designed for teams to meet and share information to date. Topics for conversation included research about different food scraps hauler options, specific challenges in getting a food scraps program up and running in their buildings, and engagement strategies to encourage their neighbours to participate.

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As Harvinder Aujala, Information Services Manager at the Recycling Council of BC (one of Trashtalk’s Partners) observed, it was inspiring to listen to the enthusiasm and hard work of local Recycling Champs leading the Trashtalk project. These are all volunteers putting in their own time to make positive changes in their communities.

Several residences are kicking off their food scraps programs in December with more set to join in January 2014.


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Trashtalk receives funding to continue talking dirt!

With a prestigious grant from the Greenest City Fund and additional support from Vancity’s Community Project Grant program, the Trashtalk project enters a new phase in 2013. These funds will allow us to continue in our quest to introduce food scraps recycling programs in MURBS (multi-unit residential buildings) and allow us to offer more support to recycling champions. We are just so excited and so are our partners! For Project Directors, Murray Mollard and Cheryn Wong, the project’s focus will be on assisting recycling champions to engage their neighbours to plan and implement new recycling programs:

“The key to zero waste will depend on neighbours’ ability to really engage with each other to figure out how to best encourage all of us to change our behaviour involving our waste. Our job is to assist recycling champions in any way they need our help.”

Anyone living in an apartment or condo in Mount Pleasant or the West End who would like to become a recycling champion should sign up or contact us for more info.

Mayor Gregor Robertson announcing winners of Greenest City Community Grants for 2012 at Van Tech Secondary

Full press release on funding announcement can be found here. Congrats to the grant recipients, read more about them here.


Coming soon…to a farmer’s market near you.

The Green Team will be out and about this summer talking to Vancouverites about apartment/condominium food scraps recycling. Join in on the conversation. Sign Up.