Richmond to vote on apartment green bins and more recycling options 0
Richmond city council will vote Monday night on a plan worth up to $770,000 to test out green bins in apartment complexes and inside businesses.
The city of Richmond launched its own green bins earlier this year for residents to collect food scraps in single-dwelling homes and townhomes earlier this year.
In a city report, staff found 60% of the city's homes now have access to the organic-waste bins. The new recommended plan aims to include about 5,000 apartment units in a pilot project.
If passed, the city is expected to launch the program in October for a trial period through the end of 2014.
“This is an important next step to ensure all residents in Richmond have access to food scraps-organics recycling services by 2015, when a ban on all compostable organics is contemplated (by Metro Vancouver),” said report author Suzanne Bycraft.
Coun. Linda McPhail said the vote would also decide whether Richmond would begin collecting dry-cell batteries and Styrofoam at its recycling depot on Lynas Lane.
A box for book collection — intended for reuse or recycling — is also expected at the depot as part of the plan.
“So it’s an expanded service for residents. They can come in now and bring everything and deposit it there and we’ll get rid of it,” she said.
The recycling add-ons, if passed, are expected for implementation in September.