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Vancouver copying Portland's compost playbook

British Columbia city moves to curbside food waste collection, to be followed by reduced garbage pickups


Vancouver, British Columbia is following in Portland’s footsteps by allowing food composting at the curbside, followed by a reduction in regular garbage pickup.

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 12, residents of single-family homes can stow their food scraps in Vancouver’s green bins picked up at the curbside. Vancouver also plans to shift regular garbage pickup to every other week next spring, instead of weekly, while retaining weekly pickup of the organic waste that can be composted.

That’s the same model that has resulted in considerable controversy in Portland while leading to huge reductions in waste sent to the landfill.