Recycling, Organics and Waste
The district’s organics diversion program will be fully adopted by the start of the 2015/2016 school year, in compliance with Metro Vancouver’s ban on organics from all landfills.
Most of our facilities already have “Zero Waste Stations” in place to make sorting easy. As most schools have their own blue recycling bins and returnable collection programs, those will remain the same. Therefore, the Zero Waste Stations mostly look like the photo on the left.
The VSB provides these bins to schools free of charge. To order bins, posters, and brochures, please contact us. You can also download the posters and brochures by clicking below.
Do you have waste that you don’t know what to do with? The VSB does have recycling programs for other items such as batteries and electronics. Inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org, or talk to your principal or building engineer about creating a SchoolDude request.
Do you have a composter on school grounds? You can still collect organics to compost at your school, but there are important guidelines to follow. See pages 11-12 and 17-20 in the VSB Gardens Process document.
2010 Waste Composition Study results from 7 VSB schools
The results from this study revealed that up to 80% of waste from our schools can be diverted from landfill by taking part in recycling and organics programs, such as the system that the VSB is implementing.
Components found in VSB study:
Paper: Office paper, envelopes, newspaper, inserts, magazines, books, tissue/paper toweling, containers (tetra), dairy or dairy substitute, non-dairy/deposit, paper single serve cups, wrappers, paper plates.
Plastic: Bags – retail & grocery carry out bags re-used as kitchen catchers, empty retail and grocery carry-out bags that have not been reused, deposit beverage pouches (milk, juice, etc.), textiles clothing, dairy or dairy subst., deposit containers (juice, pop, alcohol)
Compostable Organics: Small yard waste (leaves, branches, wood chips, potting soil), food waste backyard compostable (e.g. fruits, vegetables), backyard non-compostable (meat, bones, breads, non-liquid dairy, fats.), other wood (mixed lumber, rotting wood – unpainted/untreated)
Non Compostable Organics: Finished wood - painted, stained, natural fiber textiles, rubber
Metals: Alcoholic, non-alcoholic, food containers, foil wrap, (kitchen, bathroom, hangers, nails)
Glass: Beverage containers - Non-Alcoholic & non-dairy food containers
Building Material: Rock, sand, dirt, ceramic, porcelains, carpet waste
Electronic Waste: Stereo/video equipment
Household Hazardous: Household batteries, latex paint, paint aerosols, pharmaceuticals, other
Household hygiene: Diapers, pet waste, other (sanitary napkins, tampons)
Fines: Dust (most likely from construction activity)
Waste resources and links
Zero Waste Challenge from Metro Vancouver is a good resource with tools and tips to help you reduce your waste at home and at school.