In 2015, there is going to be a major change in the disposal policy of organic material in Metro Vancouver. The new Organics Disposable Ban is going to affect commercial buildings, institutional and industrial buildings, and single and multi-family buildings. From restaurants to schools to condos, everyone is going to have to separate their food waste from their garbage. Failure to do so will result in fines.
Diverting your food waste
Approximately 40% of garbage is compostable organics. Diverting your food waste from landfills and turning it into compost—decomposed organic matter that promotes the growth of healthy plants—will have a huge impact, offering a great solution to lowering greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.
How do I properly dispose of my organics?
It is important to evaluate how you currently manage your garbage. Proper disposal of your food waste is going to take some careful planning in order to ensure your food waste doesn’t attract unwanted pests or end up in landfills. Using plastic bags, biodegradable or otherwise, is generally not an effective solution to dispose of your organics.
Plastic bags can leak, causing a mess and odours that can attract rodents and other unwanted pests. More importantly, they spoil the landscape, and end up in landfills where they can take over 1,000 years to break down. Biodegradable plastic bags need a very specific set of circumstances in order to properly decompose. For these reasons, most facilities will not accept any form of plastic bags.
The ideal organic solution
A great new product called the Green Lid is the perfect alternative to using plastic bags. It is an entirely compostable organic waste container that is made from 100% pulp fibre. The Green lid is leak resistant, so you won’t have to constantly clean your storage bins. It also has odour absorbing food-grade additives and air vents to dry out your food waste, helping to eliminate unpleasant smells that can attract unwanted pests. Once the Green lid container is filled up with your food waste, seal it up with the included biodegradable, compostable lid, then dispose of it in your storage bin.
Using proper waste management strategies will help you prepare for the ban on organics, as well as keep your food out of your garbage.
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