Archive for December, 2010

In Metro Vancouver’s 2010 Integrated Solid Waste Management plan, they identify in their strategy (2.6.2.e) to “Ban all compostable organics allowed in residential green bins from disposal to landfills and all forms of waste-to-energy except anaerobic digestion by 2015”.

What does this mean? My interpretation – all municipalities will implement curbside pickup of both regular solid waste and organics for single family residences. You will now have to separate your organics out of the regular garbage or they won’t take it away. This will be covered in your taxes for homeowners but the cost of operations will increase and be passed along. For apartment/condo dwellers, businesses, industrial and institutions, who currently pay for garbage removal privately, it is not clear on how this will pan out to me. Metro Van just mentions the development and implementation of work plans for organics diversion.

In addition to banning, the cost of sending waste to landfills (tipping fees), which are passed along to businesses operating costs, will be continually increasing to 2015 as identified on Metro Van’s website. Currently you pay indirectly or directly $82 per tonne to send garbage to the landfill – the Metro Vancouver projections for cost increases are $96 per tonne for 2011, $108 for 2012, $121 for 2013, $153 for 2014 and $182 for 2015. That is a $122% increase in the next 5 years. And which direction are fuel prices heading as well? The cost to transport garbage or food scraps from your business is comprised of primarily of driver labour, truck fuel, tipping fees and truck leases. If you compost on-site with appropriate equipment, say bye-bye to 90% of your fuel, truck and driver costs, and 100% of your tipping fees. Regional policy and market forces are going to make it very economical to invest in on-site composting equipment very soon.

Compost Boy