How can we reach our 2020
Greenest City Targets?

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    16 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    CoV Zero Waste Working Group commented  · 

    The cartons (and any material that is not part of the city collection program) are either left behind or the blue box or cart is not picked up. The driver tags the blue box or cart noting unacceptable materials were found.

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    CoV Zero Waste Working Group commented  · 

    In order to truly recycle the materials collected, there needs to be a viable market for that certain type of material. The reason why CoV only collects certain types of plastics (#1,2,4 & 5) is because there is a consistent demand for these materials. For other types of plastics (#3,6,& 7), the demand is very low as there is very limited application for reuse. Therefore, recyclables could be viewed as commodities based on supply and demand.

    Like Wes said, the idea of recycling and sustainability is far more complex than most people imagine. Just because it is being collected does not always mean it is actually being recycled.

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    8 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    CoV Zero Waste Working Group commented  · 

    Currently, there is no definitive timeline for phase 2 of the food scrap collection program but the City is aiming for sometime next year. When phase 2 begins, a new collection schedule will likely be sent to all users.

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    CoV Zero Waste Working Group commented  · 

    The City intends to collect all food scraps (fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, dairy, bread, cereal products and food-soiled paper) in 2011. At that time, it is expected that food scraps and yard trimmings will be collected weekly and garbage will be collected bi-weekly in order to minimize odours and insects from decomposing meat, fish and dairy scraps.

    For more information, take a look at the food scrap program webpage. http://vancouver.ca/projects/foodWaste/why.htm.

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    4 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    CoV Zero Waste Working Group commented  · 

    Under the City of Vancouver Solid Waste By-law, the City provides recycling collection service to all single-family and multi-family properties and each property is charged with an annual recycling service fee. Therefore, regardless of whether the property is using City recycling collection or not, the property is still being charged. Perhaps ask your friend to contact the City to figure out what is going on with recycling for that residential building.

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    started  ·  2 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    CoV Zero Waste Working Group commented  · 

    On top of the residential food scrap program, the city offers residents backyard composter, worm bins, and rain barrels at subsidized rates. To find out more, see the following:

    http://vancouver.ca/engsvcs/solidwaste/grownatural/

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    21 comments  ·  GC 2020 » Reduce waste  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    CoV Zero Waste Working Group commented  · 

    The current public garbage receptacle does provide a recycling rack intended for beverage containers with deposit.

    I think the intention is good but the challenge with recycling papers in public areas is contamination. It does not take much to contaminate papers when people dispose their drink cups into the wrong bin. Once contaminated, it is much more difficult for the processor to accept the papers for recycling. There is also the cost factor of purchasing new bins and hiring more City staff to collect these recyclables.

    I think the real issue here is that the companies that hand out these newspapers should also have the responsibility of recycling the newspapers, much like the take back program for items such as beverage bottles or electronics.

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