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The City of Vancouver organics disposal ban applies to all households, businesses and institutions, both public and private, in the greater Vancouver area.

To comply with the City of Vancouver bylaw 11092, which went into effect January 1, 2015, you must:
  • Separate your food and other organic waste from your regular waste stream.
  • Place your organic waste in an approved container for pick-up and recycling. You may not place food waste in plastic bags, as these are non-biodegradable.

Separate your food and organic waste from your regular waste stream.

For restaurants,
the ban includes:
  • Plate scrapings
  • Uncooked and leftover food
  • Food-soiled paper products and packaging
For grocers,
the ban includes:
  • Produce
  • Dry goods
  • Frozen food
  • Packaged food
  • Dairy
  • Deli foods
  • In-store cafĂ© waste
  • Flowers and plants
  • Food-soiled paper products and packaging
For all other businesses,
the ban includes:
  • All food preparation waste
  • Uncooked and leftover food
  • Flowers and plants
  • Food-soiled paper products and packaging

The ban began on January 1, 2015. The first six months are an education period. Waste entering landfills with high volumes of food mixed with regular garbage will be identified, their generators provided with information on separation and recycling.

Starting in July 2015, mixed loads that contain more than 25 percent food scraps will receive a surcharge equal to 50 percent of the tipping fee for the entire load going to disposal. In 2016 and 2017 the 25 percent ceiling will be lowered, likely to 10 percent.

Contact Waste Connections today at (855) 977-0836

or complete the form on this page, to schedule your Free Waste Audit and see how easy it can be to participate.

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