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Organics Dumpster

Organics dumpster

I was just thinking about Vancouver again… check out this stylish dumpster!

Unfortunately every time I saw one of these it was locked shut and I couldn’t pick them open.

I guess if the compliance is good, this thing would either start cooking or get really anaerobic due to lack of air circulation.

Either way, what a unique dumpster!  I hope to see more compost collection systems in place sooner rather than later.

Vancouver Organics Collection


I’ve never seen cans quite like these… pretty funny!

Based on their disposal at the time, they seemed pretty effective.

I love the food scraps can… it made me realize that labeling a compost receptacle in a public place as “food scraps” must be the best way.

When you see the word “Organics” or “Compost”, that means you have to know what that means in order to do as requested.

Isn’t compost poop?  Organic food?  I don’t have time for this; I’m just throwing everything over here.  We all know someone like this.

With “food scraps”, you simply know what that means.  Further, with so many disposable plastic-lined paper products ruining compost everywhere, this might help keep them out of the stream.

The trash can having a lid vs the other two sporting openings seems like a cool way to discourage trash, until someone has actual trash in their hand and they’re too grossed out to touch the lid.

All in all, this setup is awesome and it really nails it in terms of simplicity, color coding, differing cutouts, proper labeling and huge pictures.

What do you think?


Vancouver compost toter- clear as mud or info overload?

vancouver toter 1vancouver toter 2

I was in Vancouver recently and I had a blast… what an awesome place.

So far it’s a tie between them and Cape Town for the best designs and convenience for the disposer.

Therefore, I’m going to start with the “ugliest” toter I found, which happens to be info overload.

However- info is good… or is it?

For some this is a huge deterrent and results in “oh screw it, just throw it all in”, while for others it will result in laser-focused compliant disposal.

I’m definitely in the latter group, and this lid label really lays it out for me.

The usual questions come to mind- how old is this label?  Is this the current message from the company?  Plenty of paper products have plastic liners in them, and plenty of tea bags are now plastic too!

Contamination will never be zero unfortunately, but the effort on here is extensive.

One other thing- why no cotton balls?

Composting in a backyard bin at City Farmer

This video really makes me like my trash can composter!

The Earth Machines are cool, but where’s the ventilation on the sides?

I’m tempted to mock the thing by cutting out a door and adding a hinge at the bottom of my trash can, but why bother?

I’m really enjoying doing as little as possible to get the composting right.

Rat traps???

Something’s wrong here.  No need to worry about rats if you’re covering every single food scrap deposit with a fresh layer of brown materials.

Either way, I’m glad Vancouver is composting!

Vancouver organics may hit 50,000 tons a year (article)

originally posted at WRN here: http://www.wasterecyclingnews.com/article/20130415/NEWS02/130419949/vancouver-organics-may-hit-50000-tons-a-year?utm_campaign=daily_newsletter&utm_medium=daily_email&utm_source=daily_20130415&utm_content=article3

Vancouver expects to nearly double its collection of organic waste to nearly 50,000 tons annually, and needs to build a new organics transfer facility to handle the material.

In a “request for expressions of interest,” or RFEOI, to city seeks architectural and engineering services for the design of the new facility.

“As the City of Vancouver moves to expand food scraps collection from its residents this year, the additional material that will be collected is expected to exceed the capacity of the [Vancouver South Transfer Station],” the city said in the RFEOI.

In 2011, the city collected about 26,000 tons of organics from Vancouver homes. That number will rise to almost 50,000 tons, according to the city.

The city hopes to have the project done by next year, a city spokeswoman told Metro Vancouver.