How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

GC 2020

How can we reach our 2020 Greenest City targets?

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  1. Comprehensive Food Waste Collection

    Why not collect all food waste? Seattle does it. UBC does it. Why limit it to uncooked fruits and veggies and eggshells? This makes some people not bother. More would use the service if it didn't require any discrimination and sorting.....

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      8 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Reuse centres in every neighbourhood and at Waste Disposal Sites and Transfer Stations

      Hornby Island does it, so can we! The idea is simple - create a designated place for people to drop off useful items for other people to take home, for free. Yes, it requires a little bit of management to make sure our community spaces don't get over run with old computers, but this can be a great way for people to get stuff they need, and to reduce waste going to landfill.

      Fernwood, in Victoria, has a little gazebo in their neighbourhood square to drop stuff off. Montreal has the legendary ongoing, city wide, garage sale. And Hornby Island…

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        8 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Extend food waste collection program to include apartments and condos

        While the curbside food waste program is terrific, detached homeowners already have the option of composting in their yards. Extending the program to include apartments dramatically reduce municipal waste and will finally make composting available to the growing number of Vancouverites living in high-density buildings (which is also great for the environment).

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          25 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          The City supports Metro Vancouver’s plans to ban food scraps from the incinerator and landfills by 2015. The City will collaborate with Metro Vancouver to develop and implement a plan to ensure apartments, condos, businesses and institutions have access to food scraps collection programs before the ban comes into effect.

        • Encourage deconstruction to recover used building materials & reduce construction waste

          Construction waste accounts for a huge proportion of waste in our landfills. The majority of materials can be reused, recycled or repurposed. Deconstruction offers job creation opportunities and supports a new market for used building materials

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            10 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            The Draft Greenest City Action Plan includes an action to develop a building deconstruction policy. The City is piloting a building deconstruction project and is exploring options for an incentive program to encourage deconstruction.

          • Zero waste

            Create a Zero Waste Plan as has been done in other cities to reduce waste on a timeline of progress

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              12 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Compost, compost, COMPOST!

              Encourage people to compost!!!!! Send out info to people and they will build it! And rainwater cachement systems are GREAT too.

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                started  ·  2 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Materials Reuse/ Exchange Program

                Similar to the Industrial Materials Exchange Program, small businesses and the public will be able to log into a database to list materials (such as packing paper, bubble wrap, shelving units, etc.) that they would like to give away for free before they are forced to throw it away. Using this principle of community-resource-exchange, our company was able to reduce their waste dramatically. The success of such a program will dependent on the promotion of it to the public and small businesses. Maybe a database and already popular site such as craigslist would be interested in a collaborative effort in…

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                  started  ·  3 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • solar trash compactor

                  City of Vancouver has 2,400 public space litter bins on streets, transit stops and parks. By introducing a wireless capable solar trash compactor system to replace this system significant financial and environmental benefits can be realized. Operating costs will be reduced by 70% as well as Green House Gas emissions from the Diesel powered waste collection vehicle that go out at least once per day to pick up each of these 2,400 bins. Imagine having the collection take place once per week instead of seven times per week and have the reduced trip frequency pay for all this equipment in…

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                    0 comments  ·  Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    The City is piloting over 20 solar-powered trash compacting bins in South East False Creek and Cambie Street.

                    However, this idea isn’t included in the Draft Greenest City Action Plan. Compacting waste reduces volume and makes collection more efficient, but it doesn’t reduce the tonnes of waste sent to landfill or incinerator. The proposed Zero Waste target is to reduce 50% (by weight) of garbage sent to landfill or incinerator by 2020.

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