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Surrey’s Residents Reduce Garbage by 43%

April 11, 2013

Surrey, BC – Residential uptake on the City’s new Rethink Waste program has been so high that, in just the first three months of the program, landfill-directed garbage dropped by 43% while organic (kitchen and yard) waste tonnage increased by 81% compared to the same three-month period last year. These shifts in waste have resulted in Surrey reaching its 70% waste diversion goal well in advance of its targeted 2015 timeline. These targets are a regional requirement for all Metro Cities as established by the adoption of Metro Vancouver’s Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan.

“Surrey residents have embraced this program which is making a huge positive impact on our environment,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “Together we will continue to work toward ensuring a cleaner and more sustainable future for our great City.”

“The next major step in Surrey’s program is to build an Organic Waste Biofuel Facility where the City’s curbside organic waste will be processed into a renewable natural gas,” said Councillor Bruce Hayne, Chair of the City’s Environmental Advisory Committee. “The gas will be used to fuel the City’s new waste trucks used to collect waste and recycling from Surrey’s residents.”

Surrey is proceeding with the project under a public-private-partnership model where the City’s future partner will be responsible to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the facility under a long-term (25 year) arrangement.

Through its Public Private Partnership Canada Fund Program, the federal government has agreed contribute up to $17 million dollars towards this estimated $68 million dollar facility. In the coming weeks, Surrey will be initiating a market competition process to secure a partner for this exciting initiative. The facility is expected to be operational by 2015.

For more information about Surrey’s Rethink Waste Program visit www.surrey.ca/rethinkwaste . 

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For Rethink Program info contact:

Rob Costanzo
Deputy Operations Manager
Engineering Department
City of Surrey, 604-590-7287


Media Contact:
Judy Mann
Executive Assistant, Office of the Mayor
(778) 846-0397