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Food Services Sector


What is this about?

All Food services and food processing businesses in Abbotsford are required under the Sold Waste Collection Bylaw to provide compostable collection on site.

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What businesses are a part of the proposed Bylaw?

The food services and processing businesses included are restaurants, grocery stores, amusement facilities and hotels with commercial kitchens, and food processing companies. 

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Who is responsible to provide compostable collection, the property owner or the business owner?

The person who normally provides garbage collection for the business is also responsible for providing compostable collection. 

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Will the costs increase?

The cost may initially increase for some businesses, but should level out or decrease as the program is developed and streamlined.  It is important to note that there are many examples of businesses that have saved money through compostable collection. 

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Are there examples of this program implemented anywhere?

Mandatory food waste collection programs for the food services and processing sector are in effect across Metro Vancouver and in Nanaimo and this program has mandatory in Abbotsford since October 2015. 

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What if my business is already diverting food waste from the garbage?

If you are already diverting food waste to an authorized receiving facility, your business is in compliance with the Bylaw. 

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What if my property does not have enough space for an additional container?

Staff are available to come out and help with bin placement.  A temporary exemption may be granted to allow time for your business to come into compliance. 

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Are there any resources available to help?

City staff are available to answer any questions a business may have, and there is also a Guide to Compostable Collection for the Food Services and Processing Sector available here.  Sample signage is available here. 

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What if I own a fast food restaurant?

Fast food restaurants are required to have compostable collection for all food preparation behind the counters.  Compostable collection is encouraged in public areas, but not required. 

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When did the program start?

This program was implemented October 2015.

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General Inquiries

For general inquires please call 604-864-5514 or email eng-info@abbotsford.ca.

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