Metro Vancouver Diversion Numbers Point to Staying the Course

By John Kendler, Special Guest Blogger   The Vancouver Sun recently published an article by Randy Shore titled Metro Vancouver’s Green Waste Diversion: A Progress Report (available here: http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Metro+Vancouver+green+waste+diversion+progress+report/9956483/story.html ) According to the article, the total amount of waste produced by single-family homes in Metro Vancouver is down by 66,000 metric tonnes compared to 2011, while region-wide diversion is up from 55% to 58% This progress comes as no big surprise to those in the waste and recycling industry who have been on the front lines helping to improve current programs and implement new ones in an effort to increase diversion ...

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The Ripple Effect of Recycling

I consider the many issues and challenges our society has as a whole.  In the Lower Mainland, we grapple with many complex and diverse issues such as affordable housing, a diverse economy, saving agricultural land, saving industrial land, homelessness – the list goes on. My life for the last 23 years has focused on the world of recycling and waste diversion, or “regional sustainability” in the grander scheme.  I am certainly very proud of what our company does and proud of the diversion results and sustainability goals we have helped our clients achieve.  23 years ago recycling and waste diversion ...

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Organics: The Next Generation of Waste Diversion in Metro Vancouver

The next scheduled item to be banned from Metro Vancouver landfills, will be organics.  If commitments to this policy are kept, as of 2015 all loads dumped that contain excessive organic content will be hit with a hefty surcharge.  This means that businesses, single-family and multi-family dwellings will have to focus on getting their organics out of the garbage.  Metro Vancouver has had a 20 year history of prioritizing diversion by banning materials from landfill (paper, beverage containers, electronics etc.), focusing on public engagement, and proactively enforcing recycling rules at garbage transfer stations, disposal facilities and even licensed recycling facilities, ...

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That Doesn’t Go There!

John Kendler – Special Guest Blogger One of my key tasks at Urban Impact is monitoring the quality of the blue box recyclables we receive. This is done through regular material “audits” – a fancy word for taking a sample of material, sorting through it and weighing each category. These audits provide us with a lot of important information, such as the changing composition of material in the blue box mix. Over the last few years, for example, we have noticed increases in the use of PET (plastic labeled #1) and polypropylene (plastic labeled #5) packaging, along with decreases in ...

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