Metro Vancouver residents and businesses still tossing out food scraps with their garbage will soon start paying for being lazy.
“Effective July 1st, they’ll start adding a 50-per-cent surcharge onto the cost of disposing a load of garbage at our facilities,” says Andrew Marr, Metro Vancouver’s director of solid waste planning, if you don’t obey the rules, which came into effect Jan. 1.
Marr says the six-month grace period for organics disposal is almost over, but so far, compliance has been good.
“We’ve been tracking it on a fairly casual basis, keeping a count of the loads. It’s less than one per cent of the loads that have been coming in appear to be over the 25-per-cent threshold.”
Marr says larger super markets and restaurants will likely be targeted first in July.