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.


Article in the Vancouver Courier: Are you a recycling champion?

Are you a recycling champion?

By Mike Howell, Staff writer June 6, 2013

Are you a recycling champion?

Wanted: Apartment and condominium dwellers who are hardcore recyclers and want to educate their fellow tenants on the need to keep their food waste out of the regular garbage.

Murray Mollard is on the hunt to find “recycling champions” as part of a project aimed at getting Vancouver apartment and condo residents to abide by what will soon be law in the region.

When 2015 rolls around, all organic material in the Lower Mainland must be diverted from the landfill. So says the Metro Vancouver regional agency, whose waste management plan was approved by the provincial government. “This is a huge behavioural shift and people aren’t used to doing this,” said Mollard the co-director of a project called “Trashtalk” that was borne out of partnership with Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, Gordon Neighbourhood House and the Recycling Council of British Columbia.

Over the past year, the city has expanded its food scraps recycling program to more than 100,000 single-family homes and duplexes. Food scraps are picked up weekly and regular garbage every other week.

But the city has yet to devise a plan to provide the same service to apartment and condo dwellers, mainly because garbage and recycling is collected by private contractors. That’s where Mollard’s group comes in as it uses $55,000 from the City of Vancouver’s “Greenest City Fund,” Vancity and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation to help implement food scrap recycling programs in condos and apartments….continued

Full Story: http://www.vancourier.com/recycling+champion/8490348/story.html

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.