Metro Vancouver residents are adding more leftover meats and fish bones to their kitchen compost pails, but many are still tossing their soiled napkins and paper towels into the trash.
A waste monitoring study conducted by the regional district suggests the proportion of organics in the waste stream in 2015 was 28 per cent, which amounts to about 257,000 tonnes of compost. But while 68 per cent of residents reportedly dump fruits, vegetables and leftover plate scraps into green bins, only between 30 and 40 per cent are composting soiled paper products.
As a result, these products make up 40 per cent of the 157,000 tonnes of paper products that are still being tossed into the garbage each year, said Marcel Pitre, senior project engineer at Metro’s waste division. This amounts to about 27.9 kilograms of waste per person “that could just be going in the green bin,” he said.