Wednesday, April 9, 2014, West Vancouver, B.C. – Earth Day 2014 will mark one year since West Vancouver Memorial Library switched to the Green Can Program and began separating organic waste from garbage headed for the landfill. In 2013, two thirds of West Vancouver residents also used their Green Can to reduce the District’s overall garbage volume by 30 percent, helping it recycle and compost 68.5 per cent of its solid waste. This has placed Metro Vancouver’s 70 per cent recycling and composting goal well within reach.
“Our Library continues to be a community leader in adopting sustainable practices,” says Director of Library Services Jenny Benedict. “The implementation of the Green Can program has far exceeded our expectations in reducing our landfill waste. I encourage everyone to visit the Library to learn how to become excellent stewards of our environment.”
Immediately after starting the Green Can Program, the Library’s three compost bins began filling beyond capacity with food scraps and food soiled paper. Dumpster loads were cut in half, falling from two to one pick-up each week—the equivalent of eight full dumptrucks removed from the landfill annually. A fourth Green Can was recently added to meet demand.
The Library has recently begun using its Green Cans at events such as movie nights and board meetings. Other opportunities to expand this service to the public will be explored as resources become available.
This year, the Library will have a Green Can exhibit set up on Earth Day (Tuesday, April 22) from 3 – 5 p.m. to provide information, answer questions and promote the benefits of composting organic waste. Anyone interested in finding out more is encouraged to pay us a visit or check out westvancouver.ca/garbage.
David Carson, Communications and Event Coordinator