How The Recycling Partnership is Helping Communities Boost Diversion Rates

It took only 13 days last summer for Columbia, S.C., to deliver 40,000 recycling carts to its residents, as one of the first cities to receive grant funding from The Recycling Partnership (TRP). Without the $300,000 grant from TRP to upgrade to 95-gallon carts, the city would still be collecting its recyclables in 18-gallon bins, the same way it…

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City of Richmond unveils new garbage cans

From the City of Richmond: Richmond, BC – Richmond residents can lower their curbside garbage collection rates by selecting a smaller cart size as part of Richmond’s new biweekly (every other week) Garbage Cart program which will start in early 2016. Residents are being invited to select their preferred cart size now as part of preparing for the new…

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Metro Vancouver halts incinerator plans, as waste plummets

curated from cbc Metro Vancouver is re-thinking its plan to build another waste incinerator now that people are throwing less garbage out and diverting waste more to recycling and compost. The chair of the Regional District says a few months ago the proposed plant size was halved, but now they are not even sure there is enough garbage to feed the smaller 250,000-tonne…

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FVRD waste plan approved as Metro backs away from incinerator

curated from chilliwacktimes Fresh on the heels of Metro Vancouver’s cancellation of its plan to build another garbage incinerator, the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) received approval for its solid waste management plant from the Environment Ministry. “We applaud Minister Polak’s decision which will allow for the establishment of policy and regulation that will encourage private sector investment, innovation…

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Metro Vancouver halts plan to build new garbage incinerator

curated from bclocalnews Metro Vancouver’s drive to build a new garbage incinerator is on ice, if not dead. The regional district announced Thursday it is discontinuing the lengthy waste-to-energy procurement process, although it indicated it could be restarted in a year or two. Board chair Greg Moore said improved recycling and waste-reduction efforts have pushed back the need for new…

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Metro Vancouver Christmas tree recycling 2015

curated from Now that you’ve eaten your last sugar cookie of the holiday season, you may be thinking it’s time to give that tired old tannenbaum the boot. If you’re wondering where you can dispose of your Christmas tree in Metro Vancouver, this interactive map of Christmas tree disposal locations is the place for you. Most of the locations on the map include…

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Surge in contaminated waste as recycling rules ignored

curated from surreycomet The amount of waste being sent to landfill or burned instead of being recycled has almost doubled in the past three years, figures show. The contents of up to one in five recycling bins were turned away by some councils last year because they were “contaminated” with the wrong items, a Freedom of Information request for the…

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Metro Vancouver hunting for new dump

Metro Vancouver is searching for a new dump to take up to 200,000 tonnes of garbage annually once its contract with the Cache Creek landfill expires at the end of the year.

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