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Organics recycling @ FH

For over two years now we’ve been recycling organics waste from our healthcare kitchens, then in December 2015 an organics program for retail cafeterias was launched at 13 sites across FH, VCH, PHC and PHSA.

The program has been a great success so far thanks to the collaborative efforts made by retail food services managers, volunteers and Support Services Managers. Posters, new signage, education days and direct engagement with site staff have all helped to promote the new program and keep organics waste out of the garbage.

What can be put in the Organics bin?

As well as food scraps, the organics bins can be used for food-soiled paper products like napkins and paper plates, as well as tea bags, coffee grounds and wooden stir sticks. You should continue to discard coffee cups, all plastics and waxed food cartons in the garbage.

Your cafeteria waste can now be segregated into four different categories: Mixed Paper, Mixed Containers, Organics, and Garbage.

What are the benefits of composting?

Composting our organics waste has the following benefits:

  • It keeps organic waste out of the landfill. In landfills, waste decomposes anaerobically, producing methane, which is a powerful greenhouse gas.
  • Unlike waste that is sent to landfill, composting produces a useful product – compost! – that is rich in nutrients and can regenerate poor soil.
  • Composting is mandated: since January 2015, food scraps have been banned from the garbage in Metro Vancouver.

For more information about the FH Organics program, please contact Sophie Chan: Sophie.Chan[a]vch.ca