Composting & Recycling
68% of waste sent to landfills is NOT garbage.
We can do better!
As part of the public consultation process for the FVRD's Solid Waste Management Plan [PDF - 2.2 MB], residents and businesses told us that they want to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. We are taking action.
While some communities in the Fraser Valley are already sorting recyclables and organics (kitchen scraps and yard waste), the FVRD plans to take this a step further. To help sort out valuable material from garbage, there are a number of new programs coming in 2018 that will help us to reach our goal of 80% diversion by 2020.
Becoming Waste Wise
We want everyone to become Waste Wise, from residents to businesses to institutions. The new requirements will apply to everyone. To give you time to prepare, the FVRD will be phasing in the new regional sorting requirements for recyclables and organics.
Existing programs and services for recycling and organics will not be affected by the new regional requirements. You can expect changes if your community or industry does not presently sort recyclables. For example, the cities of Abbotsford and Mission already have curbside residential collection of organics. These programs will remain unchanged. However, institutions and businesses in these communities will now be required to participate in a new recycling and organics collection program.
Preparing to #SortItOut
Public awareness and information will begin to roll out in 2018. To reach this target date, the FVRD wants your input on the preferred phased-in approach. We want to know the type of information you need to help you as we go through this transition—residents, businesses, and institutions. Here are the three proposed options:
Take our quick survey and give us your input:
1. Which one of the three options above do you prefer?
2. If you don’t already sort your recyclables and organics, how can we help you prepare for the transition?
Join the conversation
Check back here regularly for updates. If you have any questions or wish to organize a community discussion about the new regional sorting requirements, please email us.
Backyard composting [PDF - 593 KB] is a great way to reduce waste in your home, but you can also take compostable organic waste to the following facilities in your community: