Today marks the end of the educating and the beginning of implementing Metro Vancouver’s trash and organics separation.
Organics, including anything from plants or animals, such as eggshells, chicken bones or paper bags belong in your organic bin – not your trash.
Director of solid waste planning, Andrew Marr, explains more.
“When a hauler comes in with a load of garbage it’s inspected by an inspector and if they decide it has an excessive amount of food scraps it can be assessed a surcharge. The surcharge goes on to the truck driver or the hauling company. It doesn’t go to an individual home or business.”
From there, the home or business could be charged a fee by the hauling company.
To allow for adjustment to the new routine, fines will only be given for loads that have MORE than 25% organic waste in the trash load for now.
Marr says don’t expect authorities knocking on your door if you dumped a banana peel in the wrong bin – but just be mindful.