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Organics recycling is coming to Delta schools!

September 19, 2014

Starting September 2014, all schools in the Delta School District will be recycling organics – this means food waste and food-soiled paper products. In addition to the recycling bins already in place in all schools for mixed recyclables and refundable recyclables, there will now also be bins for organics.

Why do we need to recycle organics?

Because more than one-third of all non-recycled waste disposed in the Metro Vancouver region is actually compostable organics! That’s right – 35% of the garbage in our landfills could be composted instead of taking up space in our limited waste disposal system.

By undertaking organics recycling in our schools we can help to divert 35% of waste away from landfills to instead be composted into rich soil that can be used for valuable purposes such as local farming. Overall, Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Challenge is a mandated goal of diverting 80% of waste from landfills by 2020 via recycling, including organics recycling. In the Delta School District we have embraced this challenge because it not only upholds our District Vision that includes a commitment to environmental sustainability, but we also believe in proper stewardship of all of our resources.

As parents and students we need your help!

Starting on January 1, 2015, Metro Vancouver will be imposing a 50% surcharge on contaminated loads going to the landfill – this includes organics waste. We need everyone’s help to ensure all waste in our schools is put into the proper bin for disposal. No longer will it be acceptable to just throw everything into the waste bin. Anything that can be recycled needs to be sorted and put into the correct bins.

The Delta School District strongly encourages litterless lunches. By packing lunches in re-usable containers and not including items that have disposal packaging we can have a very positive impact on the environment. If an item is not re-usable then it should at least be recyclable. Let’s make the lunchbox popular again! We want to see this happening in our all schools throughout our District.

Litterless lunches, along with the new organics recycling means we can reach our Zero Waste Challenge goal!!! We can only reach this goal with your help and we thank you in advance for your support.