Are you ready for the Organics Ban?

Metro Vancouver is implementing an organics ban beginning tomorrow.  

Are you ready?

What it means for you:

  1. Ensure you have an organics bin**
  2. Arrange for organics collection from a waste hauler**
  3. All pre- AND post-consumer food waste must go into the organics bin – this means separating food from packaging and containers if the package is not compostable.

**If you are a tenant in a commercial building and waste hauling is part of your agreement, ask your property manager what their plan is to adhere to the ban.

You may not see fines or surcharges for food waste at first.  There is a grace period and a gradual implementation schedule.  Check out the details on the Metro Van website.

Don’t wait for a fine to hit – it’s cheaper to haul organic waste than landfill so the more waste you divert away from landfills and into organics, the more you save!

Compostable food ware is the perfect one-stop solution to the organics ban. Instead of finding a tedious and difficult process to separate food from its container, or asking your customer to do it, make that container compostable and you’re good to go!

Have a look at Rain or Shine Ice Cream or The Fish Counter.  You’ll notice there is only one bin for front of house operations because everything they serve food on or in is compostable.

Check out this video on Terra Breads.  They’ve gone with compostable food ware too:

Terra Breads and Compostables

Recyclable containers still have to be separated from food before they are recycled.  A certified compostable container, food-soiled or not, can all end up in the compost.

Try fibreware or unlined paper for your food service; both those materials are widely accepted into organic waste streams.  Our Besics brand products are a great example of certified compostable food ware.

Can compostable plastics go in the green bin?

The truth about certified compostable bio-based plastics (most common material: PLA or Polylactic acid) is that some waste facilities accept this material and some do not.  It depends what kind of system they have in place.  Ask your waste hauler if they accept PLA materials into their organics waste stream.  If your waste hauler does not accept PLA, take this opportunity to shop around for one who does – there are lots!  It will save you the hassle of separating food from packaging.

Ask us for a preferred hauler list if you want to get started.


For any more questions about specific materials, feel free to contact us at BSI – we can help you find the right food service container and the right hauler too. 

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