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Surrey Residents Reduce Landfill Waste by 35 Per Cent

Progressive waste collection truck picking up an organics cart

November 21, 2012

Surrey – Residents have helped reduce garbage by 35 per cent since Surrey launched its new waste collection program, which is designed to divert waste from the landfill by collecting organics separately from garbage.

“We are very pleased with these early results and so proud of our residents, who are some of the most dedicated and conscientious recyclers in the country,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “We want to establish a new North American standard for waste diversion and, thanks to the commitment of our residents, we are on our way to reaching our goal.”

Surrey’s new Rethink Waste program was launched on October 1st, 2012, and includes curbside organics collection. It’s estimated the program will help the City achieve 75 per cent waste diversion by 2015, a step above Metro Vancouver’s regional 70 per cent diversion goal.

“The response from residents has been really great and we want to thank them for being so supportive of our new waste collection program. Based on the first month’s results, it appears that the City is ahead of initial targets and on pace to achieve our reduction goals sooner than expected,” says Councillor Bruce Hayne, Chair of the Environmental Advisory Committee.

The next major step in the program is to build Canada’s largest organics biofuel facility which will process residential and commercial kitchen and yard waste into a renewable fuel. It will be located on City-owned land in Port Kells adjacent to the Surrey Transfer Station and is expected to be operational by 2015. In the mean time, Surrey’s organic waste is processed into compost and fertilizer at the Fraser Richmond Soil and Fibre facility.

The City collects waste from approximately 100,000 homes. Based on recent studies, Surrey has concluded that approximately 65% of its residential garbage is comprised of organic waste that could be diverted from the landfill.

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Media Contact:

Rob Costanzo, Deputy Operations Mgr
City of Surrey, Engineering Department

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor