Food scraps currently compose about 30% of what our region sends to the landfill each year. That’s consistent with other similar cities, prior to introducing food scraps recycling. Recycling our food scraps makes us less reliant on the landfill.
When food scraps are put in landfills, they produce methane, a powerful greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. 67% of all the methane generated within the Metro Vancouver region comes from landfills. But when composted properly, food scraps return nutrients to the soil to improve soil health and reduce the need for chemical fertilizers. They can also go into a different kind of facility that captures the methane and turns it into energy, or processes it into biofuel that run vehicles – even garbage trucks.
Recycling food scraps separately also creates more jobs than landfilling them, including jobs in recycling program development, education, collection, processing, marketing, and use of products.