City of Vancouver Food Scraps Program

Comments 84 by Rebecca Bollwitt
Disclosure: Sponsored Post — This campaign is sponsored by the City of Vancouver's Food Scraps program.  Please review the Policy & Disclosure section for further information.

The City of Vancouver is celebrating the two year anniversary of the expanded city Green Bin program for food scraps recycling. This program allows residents to recycle all their food scraps and is now available to about 100,000 single family/duplexes households and 1,800 multi-unit residential buildings currently serviced by the City.

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As of January 2015, a Metro Vancouver organics disposal ban on all food scraps comes into effect across the region. The regional ban will mean that food scraps will no longer be permitted in regular garbage. The City is also intending to make food scraps collection and diversion programs mandatory across all sectors of the City.

About The Green Bin/Food Scraps Program

To date, Vancouver households participating in the City’s Green Bin program have reduced the amount of garbage sent to the landfill by an average of about 40 per cent.

Recycling food scraps reduces the amount of garbage produced, cuts down on global warming pollution and creates a useful compost product for local gardens.

First introduced in 2010, the program allowed residents with City waste collection services to add uncooked fruit and vegetables to their Green Bin. In 2011, a pilot project was initiated to test an expanded program, allowing all food scraps and food soiled paper to be placed in bins, and included the proposed change in collection frequency.

The program was expanded in 2012 to all single family/duplex households and to 1,800 multi-unit residential buildings that receive waste collection service from the City. Since the switch to city-wide weekly organics pick-up and bi-weekly garbage pick-up, the City has seen compostable organics collected increase by approximately 64 per cent, and a 40 per cent decrease in garbage collected. That’s about 24,500 tonnes less garbage going to the landfill each year.

The City has also contributed funding to the Food Scraps Drop Spot Program through a Greenest City Grant that serves residents living in multi-unit residential building who don’t receive City collection service. As of July 1st, 2014, the program expanded to seven locations and has collected more than 120 tonnes of food scraps from 38,000 drops since the inauguration of the program in 2011.

Win a Zero Waste Holiday Prize Pack

To promote the organics disposal ban and information about food scraps recycling in the new years, the City of Vancouver and I both have a Zero Waste Holiday prize pack to give away that contains:

  • Family pass (2 adults, 2 children under age 17) for the Bright Nights Christmas Train in Stanley Park
  • Family pass (2 adults, 2 children under age 18) for the Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens
  • 2 reusable shopping bags
  • A water bottle
  • “Zero Waste Home” book

There are three ways that you can enter to win:

  • Take the Food Scraps 101 Quiz and you’ll be entered in the City’s draw.
  • Take the Food Scraps 101 Quiz and leave a comment back here with your score to be entered in my draw.
  • You can also post the following on Twitter to enter to win:
RT to enter to win a @CityofVancouver Zero Waste Holiday prize pack from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/D8znM #FoodIsntGarbage

Both my draw and the City of Vancouver’s draw will take place on November 5, 2014. I’ll draw my winner at 12:00pm that day. The winner of my prize pack is not eligible to win the City of Vancouver’s prize as well.

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  1. StephWednesday, October 22nd, 2014 — 9:58am PDT

    Whoops clicked too fast, 6/10…

  2. Julie VerhoevenWednesday, October 22nd, 2014 — 10:09am PDT

    7/10. I got the stats ones wrong, so I don’t mind!

  3. ChistaWednesday, October 22nd, 2014 — 10:54am PDT

    10/10!

  4. robWednesday, October 22nd, 2014 — 11:02am PDT

    9/10!

  5. SabrinaWednesday, October 22nd, 2014 — 12:41pm PDT

    Bah – only got 6/10!

  6. HannahWednesday, October 22nd, 2014 — 2:44pm PDT

    8/10!

  7. SanazWednesday, October 22nd, 2014 — 4:02pm PDT

    6/10 so I need to become more informed.

  8. mariaWednesday, October 22nd, 2014 — 4:13pm PDT

    8/10

  9. Angela griffinWednesday, October 22nd, 2014 — 5:18pm PDT

    10/10!

  10. Mike GismondiWednesday, October 22nd, 2014 — 5:20pm PDT

    8/10

  11. GailWednesday, October 22nd, 2014 — 7:25pm PDT

    6\10

  12. bjhWednesday, October 22nd, 2014 — 7:30pm PDT

    yikes, 5!

  13. RobertWednesday, October 22nd, 2014 — 7:32pm PDT

    6/10

  14. sunshine hWednesday, October 22nd, 2014 — 7:43pm PDT

    8/10….though I think one question was poorly worded/designed.

  15. MeganWednesday, October 22nd, 2014 — 7:50pm PDT

    9/10!!

  16. JoyceWednesday, October 22nd, 2014 — 7:52pm PDT

    8/10

  17. Dayna WilsonWednesday, October 22nd, 2014 — 8:58pm PDT

    8/10!

  18. Teresa KWednesday, October 22nd, 2014 — 9:29pm PDT

    6/10

  19. LindaWednesday, October 22nd, 2014 — 9:29pm PDT

    10/10 – lucky ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. KamWednesday, October 22nd, 2014 — 10:29pm PDT

    6/10…

  21. Ron SWednesday, October 22nd, 2014 — 11:20pm PDT

    6/10

  22. Sylvia OatesThursday, October 23rd, 2014 — 7:01am PDT

    7/10

  23. iainThursday, October 23rd, 2014 — 9:23am PDT

    80%.

  24. GregThursday, October 23rd, 2014 — 12:22pm PDT

    6/10

  25. ShirleyThursday, October 23rd, 2014 — 3:18pm PDT

    I got 7 out of 10.

  26. MeredithThursday, October 23rd, 2014 — 6:36pm PDT

    7/10!

  27. KatherineThursday, October 23rd, 2014 — 7:27pm PDT

    7/10

  28. Elinor WarkentinThursday, October 23rd, 2014 — 8:24pm PDT

    I got 9/10, but it was my second try. ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. ChrisThursday, October 23rd, 2014 — 8:59pm PDT

    10/10 – I think I’ve earned a prize pack.

  30. AlbertThursday, October 23rd, 2014 — 10:56pm PDT

    6/10 here :/

  31. MaryanneThursday, October 23rd, 2014 — 11:06pm PDT

    6/10. Not great.

  32. Tony EThursday, October 23rd, 2014 — 11:10pm PDT

    6/10, I need to do some studying!

  33. ceciliaThursday, October 23rd, 2014 — 11:20pm PDT

    I think I got 6/10 but I shut the window accidentally!

  34. Brenda AThursday, October 23rd, 2014 — 11:45pm PDT

    7 out of 10

  35. LisaFriday, October 24th, 2014 — 7:19am PDT

    8/10 great prize! thanks for the opportunity:)

  36. AliciaFriday, October 24th, 2014 — 9:59am PDT

    6/10. Darn!

  37. SharylinFriday, October 24th, 2014 — 2:12pm PDT

    7/10

  38. MKFriday, October 24th, 2014 — 2:36pm PDT

    6 out of 10 – I learned some things today!

  39. ChristineFriday, October 24th, 2014 — 2:57pm PDT

    7/10 not too shabby

  40. KristaFriday, October 24th, 2014 — 11:11pm PDT

    7/10

  41. SteveSaturday, October 25th, 2014 — 8:14am PDT

    7/10

  42. LauraSaturday, October 25th, 2014 — 8:17am PDT

    10 – but I watched someone go before me,…

  43. EileenSaturday, October 25th, 2014 — 1:02pm PDT

    8/10

  44. LindaSaturday, October 25th, 2014 — 3:22pm PDT

    6/10

  45. KateSunday, October 26th, 2014 — 8:24am PDT

    7/10.

  46. SiobhanSunday, October 26th, 2014 — 10:35am PDT

    I got 6/10. I guess I have a bit to learn. ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. MichelleSunday, October 26th, 2014 — 1:20pm PDT

    I only got 5/10 so embarrassed..

  48. WallyMonday, October 27th, 2014 — 11:17am PDT

    8/10.

  49. KristinaMonday, October 27th, 2014 — 12:14pm PDT

    8/10

  50. carolMonday, October 27th, 2014 — 1:54pm PDT

    6/10

  51. Michelle WMonday, October 27th, 2014 — 11:32pm PDT

    6/10

  52. DomTuesday, October 28th, 2014 — 9:34am PDT

    6/10

  53. marinaTuesday, October 28th, 2014 — 11:14am PDT

    7/10! Cool quiz!

  54. Christopher CoTuesday, October 28th, 2014 — 11:23am PDT

    I only got 6/10, but at least I learned something today!

  55. Jeff STuesday, October 28th, 2014 — 12:07pm PDT

    9/10!

  56. taniaTuesday, October 28th, 2014 — 1:54pm PDT

    7/10

  57. rinoTuesday, October 28th, 2014 — 1:55pm PDT

    6/10

  58. erikaTuesday, October 28th, 2014 — 5:27pm PDT

    8/10

  59. StotesTuesday, October 28th, 2014 — 6:00pm PDT

    6/10

  60. MagTuesday, October 28th, 2014 — 6:38pm PDT

    10/10..Lucky

  61. Cindy SmithTuesday, October 28th, 2014 — 6:42pm PDT

    7/10

  62. BonnieTuesday, October 28th, 2014 — 7:50pm PDT

    My score was 7/10.

  63. Lorena GrandeTuesday, October 28th, 2014 — 8:37pm PDT

    My score was 8/10. Thanks!:)

  64. Erin WTuesday, October 28th, 2014 — 9:21pm PDT

    6/10 lol!

  65. Sunshine GWednesday, October 29th, 2014 — 6:19am PDT

    8/10 – not bad!

  66. AmberPWednesday, October 29th, 2014 — 9:06am PDT

    I clicked too fast, I didn’t see my score. But I did learn something today! Yay!

  67. CassidyWednesday, October 29th, 2014 — 9:11am PDT

    Goooooo Green Bins! I hope I win : )

  68. EllaWednesday, October 29th, 2014 — 2:13pm PDT

    It appears I’m not green enough yet. 5/10.

  69. wenThursday, October 30th, 2014 — 12:33pm PDT

    6/10

  70. Peter KThursday, October 30th, 2014 — 3:07pm PDT

    I need to study up 6/10 ๐Ÿ™

  71. DonaldThursday, October 30th, 2014 — 8:58pm PDT

    All true! 6/10

  72. ShelleyFriday, October 31st, 2014 — 9:52am PDT

    10/10

  73. elviSaturday, November 1st, 2014 — 1:07pm PDT

    Yikes! 5/10!

  74. Jen RSunday, November 2nd, 2014 — 7:59am PDT

    8/10

  75. tracySunday, November 2nd, 2014 — 8:57pm PDT

    8/10 for me!

  76. MilenaMonday, November 3rd, 2014 — 2:29pm PDT

    6/10!

  77. DBTuesday, November 4th, 2014 — 9:17am PDT

    8/10!

  78. JenTuesday, November 4th, 2014 — 11:35am PDT

    8/10

  79. RebeccaTuesday, November 4th, 2014 — 1:07pm PDT

    6/10, but at least I passed and learned new info

  80. Michelle WTuesday, November 4th, 2014 — 9:46pm PDT

    7/10!

  81. alanaTuesday, November 4th, 2014 — 9:50pm PDT

    7/10

  82. DilaraTuesday, November 4th, 2014 — 11:35pm PDT

    I got 7 out of 10.

  83. Samantha YangWednesday, November 5th, 2014 — 12:13am PDT

    4/10! That’s embarrassing! Will need to do more of my research. lol!!!

  84. LindsayWednesday, November 5th, 2014 — 8:42am PDT

    6/10, not good, not bad, but learnt a lot!

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