Food Scraps 101: Tips for hassle-free food scraps recycling

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Did you know that, since the Green Bin Program started, Vancouver households have reduced the amount of garbage going to the landfill by 40%?

But we can still do better!

Read on for no-fuss, no-mess tips for easily recycling your food scraps – without odours or pests – and help us become the greenest city in the world by 2020!

Tips for your kitchen container

Line it

Use it

  • Drain excess liquids from your food scraps down the sink.
  • Wrap your food scraps in newspaper, paper towel, or a paper bag before placing them into your kitchen container.
  • Shut the lid when you don't use it.
  • Freeze smelly food scraps in a container or zipper-top bag until collection day.
  • Capture fruit flies in a bowl of vinegar covered with plastic wrap, pricked with a few holes. 

Empty it

  • Empty it often into your Green Bin.

Clean it

  • Rinse your kitchen container after emptying it. 
  • Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom to remove odours and deter insects.

Tips for your Green Bin

Store it

  • Store your bin outside in a shady, flat, and ventilated location.
  • Keep the lid closed.
  • Place the bin away from fences and deck railings to avoid animals getting inside or knocking it over. Otherwise, secure the bin with a bungee cord.
  • If animals chew on the bin, rub peppermint oil, hot sauce, cayenne, or chili powder on the chewed spot.

Use it

  • Line your bin with newsprint, cardboard, or yard trimmings before adding your food scraps to absorb liquid.
  • Keep the contents of your bin dry by alternating a layer of food scraps with a layer of leaves, grass clippings, or dead plants. Let the leaves and grass clippings dry first.
  • Set your bin out for collection every week, even if it isn't full.
  • Eliminate maggots with salt or vinegar.
  • Capture fruit flies in a bowl of vinegar covered with plastic wrap, pricked with a few holes.

Clean it

  • Rinse your bin occasionally with a garden hose, mild detergent, or vinegar and water solution. If you want to, hire a private company to clean your bin (see below).

Find out how you can prevent pest and odours in your garbage bin

Hire a company to clean your Green Bin

This list of bin-cleaning companies is for information only. The City does not support or guarantee the services of these companies.

Bioclens Environmental

1-844-246-2467
bioclens.ca 

Happy Bin Cleaning

1-800-642-2342
happybincleaning.com 

Go green with food scraps

Does your house, duplex, or multi-unit residential building get City waste collection service?

You can put all of your food scraps into your Green Bin.

Learn what goes in the Green Bin

Compost your food scraps to help your garden grow

A backyard composter in a garden

Garden composters

Buy an affordable compost bin for your backyard and get composting tips. Composting your food scraps and yard trimmings is a great way to reduce your household waste and create nutrient-rich fertilizer for your garden.

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Food isn't garbage

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Enter to win a zero waste prize pack. Take our quick 10-question Food Scraps 101 quiz and test your food scraps know-how. The contest closes at midnight on September xx, 2014.

Make a kitchen container liner in 5 easy steps

Use our Green Bin origami guide to make a liner for your kitchen container.

Green Bin origami guide to make a kitchen container liner

Download the instructions

No plastic in Green Bins

No plastic bags in food scraps

The composting facility in Richmond can’t process any kind of plastic, even bags marketed “biodegradable" or "compostable" as it degrades the quality of the finished compost.

If there is too much plastic contamination, the truckload of yard trimmings and food scraps might simply go to the landfill.

Last modified: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:48:31

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