A Guide to Waste Management

25, Dec 2016 by Antonio in Environment     No Comments

The city of Surrey, Vancouver is on the cutting edge of waste management. The have chosen to be the forerunners in separating organics (food scraps), recycling and solid waste. In 2015, the city incited a ban on organics being collected with solid waste. They also implemented a six month grace period to give restaurants and residents a chance to adjust to this new rule. The purpose is to reuse the organics. The food scraps can assist with the cutting of GHG emissions and reduce landfill dependence while being reused in horticulture and farming to create more food. Other uses involve creating compost and biofuel. This is the plan for waste disposal Surrey.

The garbage is picked up at curbside and taken to the transfer station where it is screened for hazardous waste and recyclables. The garbage waste is then loaded into large trucks and hauled off to the appropriate location, either the Cache Creek or Vancouver Landfill or the the Burnaby Waste-to-Energy Facility. To reduce carbon emissions, the city has started to use natural gas trucks. Garbage is collected on a schedule every other week. Violators of this new rule are notified by an orange sticker which indicates that their garbage was prepared incorrectly, has exceeded the weekly limit or that they have left unacceptable items on the curbside. The violation is circled on the sticker and allows them to repackage their garbage and sit it out for collection for the following pick up time.

Pet waste disposal is not allowed in some cities, and sometimes it has to be collected separately. It is allowed in Surrey, although it must be double-bagged before being placed in with the solid waste. Pet waste produces methane, which inhibits the oxygen supply and can make people ill. If there are large amounts of pet waste disposal, some options are to call a pet waste collection company to pick up the waste. They can also cut costs by joining in with neighbors who also have pets. Flushing the waste or using it along with wood chips or litter in a compost are the most cost effective ways to reduce waste. Cat litter should not be flushed as it can clog the sewer. It can be double-bagged and added to the solid waste.

Recycling is picked up on another schedule. Residents are encouraged to flatten boxes and other materials in order to add more things to the bin. A larger bin can be provided for an additional cost. Surrey has a take back program that allows residents to take back small appliances, pop cans and used tires for recycling. There is also a reuse program for residents to give away or sale their items for a small fee ( the highest fee is $99). Other recycle programs are the large item pick up once a year for furniture and large items, and the hazardous waste disposal. Surrey is proactively working to create a safer, greener environment.

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