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Fines coming for food scrap violations

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Hauls with more than 25% food arriving at waste transfer stations will receive an additional surcharge starting in July. 
(Michael Mui, 24 hours)

Hauls with more than 25% food arriving at waste transfer stations will receive an additional surcharge starting in July. (Michael Mui, 24 hours)

Loads of garbage arriving at Metro Vancouver’s waste and transfer facilities with lots of food scraps can expect to pay 50% more through a new surcharge starting in July.

The move was made to penalize primarily large businesses that are still bringing in large amounts of food scraps despite a region-wide 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,” reads a report from Metro Vancouver’s zero waste committee.

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

Those loads weren’t surcharged — but starting July 1, any load with more than a quarter being visible food will receive a charge.

New numbers show food scraps recycling has seen an uptake in the region.

“In 2014, tonnage increased by 12% from 2013, from approximately 265,000 to 300,000 tonnes. First quarter of 2015 data showed 50% more organics recycled than in first quarter of 2014.”

Last year, nearly 21,000 hauls containing banned materials — organics is now in this category — were intercepted at Metro Vancouver and City of Vancouver facilities to have offending materials removed. A total of 6,000 violation notices were issued.

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