Compost. We live and breathe it every day – sometimes taste it, too! But lots of folks are curious how to compost in their backyard or apartment. We came across this excellent “Learn How To Compost: Composting Basics for Beginners” guide from sodgod and wanted to share. Happy composting!
This July 1, 2015 marks the date when the food waste ban in the Metro Vancouver region of BC has some teeth. If you live in the lower mainland, be sure to sort those scraps this Canada Day (and beyond)!
For news and support, check out:
- Global BC Jon Azpiri and Elaine Yong’s video, “What happens to Metro Vancouver food scraps?“
- The Province‘s Carey Bermingham’s piece, “By the Numbers: Metro’s food scraps ban kicks into penalty phase“
- Metro Vancouver‘s guide to food scrap recycling
For residents looking for easy tips for sorting scraps, check out our “3 Tips for Successful Sorting” video – easy peasy.
First, at the beginning of 2015, Metro Vancouver introduced an organics disposal ban, described by Chair Greg Moore in the video below. Starting on July 1, financial enforcement begins: waste loads with more than 25% visible food will be surcharged. Learn more about food scraps diversion in the Metro Vancouver region.
Second, SHIFT recently launched a video, “Trash Talk Documentary” exploring how different businesses in the Metro Vancouver region – including Harvest Power – process organic waste as part of a circular economy.
After collecting their waste (ahem, on their balcony; that’s dedication) for 30 days they found that organics represented a drastic majority of their waste – 60%! – compared to the other material categories of garbage, plastic, and paper.
Finally, feeling like reducing your food waste at the front end? Like before it reaches the bin for disposal/recycling? Check out the “Love Food Hate Waste” campaign for Canada, modeled after WRAP’s wildly successful program in England.
Business in Vancouver, “Metro Vancouver hopes to boost compost rates with new ad campaign.”
Metro Vancouver is hoping an adorable mascot made out of pasta leftovers will convince residents that “food isn’t garbage.”
Banning organic material from the landfill will reduce methane gas, a contributor to global warming, according to Metro Vancouver. Businesses like Harvest Power and Delta-based EnviroSmart Organics turn food waste into valuable compost and, in Harvest Power’s case, energy.
CNN Money, “Disney turns food scraps into electricity,” by CNN Money 2014.07.12
Fox, “Magical ride for Disney’s food scraps,” Chris Chmura, FOX 13 Consumer Reporter