By Katherine Martinko / Source: TreeHugger


The use of a green bin has been recommended for years, but now it’s the law in Vancouver, as part of the city’s plan to cut down on unnecessary food waste.

The city of Vancouver has taken a drastic step to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. As of January 1, it became illegal to toss food scraps into the regular garbage, regardless of whether you live in a single-family home, an apartment complex, or run a business. There will be a six-month grace period for all residents of the Metro Vancouver area to become accustomed to separating organic and household wastes and for garbage haulers to learn to identify the illegal waste, and then penalties will start being applied in July 2015.

Vancouver is already a forward-looking city with an excellent track record when it comes to recycling – about 60 percent, which is among North America’s highest rates. The city’s goal is to recycle 70 percent of its waste by 2015 and 80 percent by 2020. Implementing the organics ban will help make that happen. Greg Moore, chair of Metro Vancouver, explains:

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