Are you ready for the 2015 Kitchen Scraps Landfill Restriction?
Over 40,000 tonnes of kitchen scraps have been diverted from Hartland landfill since 2007.
The CRD is committed to the diversion of kitchen scraps from Hartland landfill to maximize the landfill life and facilitate the responsible recovery of resources from this material stream. We are working towards both short and long-term strategies for processing materials.
Starting January 1, 2015 kitchen scraps are restricted from your garbage. Organic materials, such as kitchen scraps, constitute approximately 30% of the waste at Hartland landfill. Current recycling (such as the blue box program) and composting programs are diverting 46% of the waste stream from the landfill. In order to achieve our diversion goal of 70% by 2015 kitchen scraps must be removed from the garbage.
How can you help?
Make local, in season, organic food choices and purchase items with minimal packaging - or grow your own. Many peels that we discard such as orange, lemon and apple peels are edible, full of vitamins, and add extra flavour to dishes. Better meal planning results in fewer wasted ingredients and will save money and time.
Eat those leftovers! Leftovers don't have to be boring – last night's boiled potatoes are this morning's hash browns; make a new sauce for those leftover noodles; or pudding out of that rice. Many local charities welcome non-perishable food donations.
Residential Collection Programs
Through municipal collection programs, residents in Oak Bay and View Royal have sent over 2,000 tonnes of kitchen scraps for composting. A list of who provides kitchen scraps collection in your municipality or electoral area is available on our site.
Backyard Composting isn't Enough
Kitchen scraps collection goes 'beyond backyard composting' as it includes materials such as meat, bones, fish, cooked leftover food, dairy products, grain products such as bread and pizza, and soiled paper products, like napkins and paper towels that should not be composted in a regular backyard compost bin. Composting facilities with the specialized technology to process kitchen scraps have been established on Vancouver Island.
On Site Food Digesters
On site food digesters are another alternative for diversion of kitchen scraps. Green Cone digesters have been piloted in our region and more information is available by contacting the Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre.
Kitchen Scraps Diversion for Multi-family Dwellings and Businesses
Visit myrecyclopedia.ca to learn how to reduce kitchen scraps in the commercial sector and what local options are available for composting your kitchen scraps. Read more >>