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Fines For Food Scraps Violations To Begin on July 1 In Metro Vancouver

Fines For Food Scrap Violations To Begin on July 1 In Metro Vancouver

With an increasing amount of food scraps landing in metro Vancouver’s waste and transfer facilities, a new fine will be enforced for residents and businesses failing to recycle.

Metro Vancouver aimed to address the rising issue with their new Organic Disposal Ban which began earlier this year in January.

“In the first four months of the ban in 2015, 58 loads (about 15 per month) contained over 25% visible food.”

Apart of the new ban allowed a six month “grace period” to allow users to slowly transition to the new process. Beginning July 1, 2015 however, there will be a 50% surcharge for those who fail to recycle food scraps using their green bin.

The surcharge will focus to penalize large businesses, particularly restaurants and grocery stores that continue to throw away large amounts of food including meat, expired items and leftovers, despite the ban.

“Initial enforcement will likely impact large generators of food waste, such as supermarkets, major restaurants, and hotels that do not have effective food scraps recycling programs in place,”

The announcement comes around the same time France approved a bill to make it illegal for grocery stores to throw away edible food.

To further raise awareness of the growing number of waste, Feeding the 5K recently put food that could have been wasted on the table and hosted a free outdoor lunch at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

In Metro Vancouver alone, reportedly over one-third of household food is thrown away and wasted.


photo credit: Nic McPhee

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