Compost spoiled food following blackout

Don’t toss that turkey in the trash, put it in the food scraps bin – that’s the message Metro Vancouver wants to get out to residents in the region hit by last week’s windstorm.
“We understand that many Metro Vancouver residents had the unpleasant experience of having large quantities of food in their fridges and freezers spoil because of last weekend’s storm,” Malcolm Brodie, chair of Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Committee, stated in a press release. “Rather than throwing spoiled food in the garbage, we remind residents to recycle it as most do on a daily basis.”
Storing spoiled food in the freezer until the day food scraps are collected can minimize odours and keep bins from overfilling, especially in multi-family complexes, Brodie suggested.
Metro Vancouver is also encouraging residents with home composters to use them to recycle spoiled fruit and vegetables, and for those without home composters to consider getting one.
Residential food waste under 10 litres can also be taken to one of Metro Vancouver’s transfer stations, except in Matsqui, according to the release. The closest transfer station to Burnaby is in Coquitlam.
For tips from Metro Vancouver’s Love Food, Hate Waste program, go to
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