Metro Vancouver to get tough on recycling
Vancouver - The collapse of Metro Vancouver's bid to establish a new landfill site for the region's garbage will force us to dramatically increase the amount of waste that we recycle, Metro director Marvin Hunt said today.
ext month, the regional government will introduce an aggressive, multifaceted plan to move the needle on the total amount of waste recycled across the city from 52 per cent to 70 per cent, ahead of North American recycling leader San Francisco at 69 per cent.
Directors will vote Friday on recommendations that could lead to region-wide kitchen waste pickup and composting, wood and construction waste collection and recycling and the construction of several plants that will convert waste to electric or thermal energy.
The plan also sets new targets for the capture of recyclable paper, plastics and electronics and household appliances. More waste will be deposited at the Burns Bog landfill or trucked to Washington State over the next three to five years while the new standards and