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food isnt garbage There are certain materials that Metro Vancouver disposal facilities do not accept, either because there are already disposal programs set up for these items, or because they are hazardous to waste collection workers, the public and the environment. Here's a full list of what's banned from your garbage cart.

Metro Vancouver's Food Isn't Garbage campaign.

Find out more about Metro Vancouver's "Food isn't garbage" campaign.

Why food scraps are a problem
When food and other organic materials end up in the garbage they:

  • Create methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that adds to global warming. In the landfill, buried under layers of waste and without access to oxygen, food can’t decompose properly.
  • Use up a lot of precious landfill space. Space is limited, and creating more landfills is undesirable. Over 30% of what we send to the landfill in our region is compostable organics.
  • Waste all the resources (energy, water, etc.) that went into producing the food.

Remember that a ban means you can’t put it in the garbage cart – it’s not optional. When the transfer station staff find these banned items in our truck loads we get a fine and those fines end up being passed on to all residents. If you’re still not sure and need help, please contact Operations staff recycle@portmoody.ca or 604.469.4574. Have your list ready and we’d be happy to help you sort out where to take your items.

Last updated: 18/11/2014 8:29:38 AM