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Compostables Consultation

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About the Compostables Consultation 

The City of Abbotsford is developing composting requirements for the multi-family and industrial, commercial, and institutional (ICI) sectors that will align with the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) initiative to implement sorting requirements across the region for all sectors.  Residents in townhouses, condos, apartments and other multi-family residences, as well as businesses and institutions will need to begin collecting food waste separately from garbage and recyclables.  The new sorting requirements will come into effect April 1, 2020.

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Stage 1 – Initial Consultation

Stage 1 is now complete.  Public consultation sessions were held in January and February 2018 so business owners, strata management organizations, property management companies, residents and waste service providers could provide feedback on the City’s proposed program requirements.  The following presentations were given:

Consultation feedback was summarized and presented to Council in the Executive Meeting on April 23, 2018.  A copy of the report and meeting minutes is provided below.  

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Stage 2 – Finalize Program Requirements

Stage 2 is now complete.  The FVRD Board approved the Source Separation Bylaw in September 2018.  The City’s Solid Waste Collection Bylaw will be updated in the coming months to align with the requirements adopted by the FVRD.  What this means in Abbotsford is that multi-family and ICI properties that are not currently collecting compostable waste separately from regular garbage will be required to do so by April 1, 2020.  These properties will continue to make their own arrangements with a private waste hauler for the collection and disposal of all waste streams, including compostable waste.

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Stage 3 – Education and Support

Stage 3 is currently in progress.  Focus will be placed on providing education and support to businesses and residents in preparation for program implementation.  Information sessions and sorting workshops will be scheduled in the coming months, in addition to developing posters, signage and other educational materials.  All currently available information and resources will be posted on this webpage so please check back often.

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Stage 4 – Program Implementation

Program implementation will initially focus on education and support before gradually moving towards monitoring and enforcement.  Putting new sorting systems in place takes time and may require staff, tenant or resident training and education.  We recommend you contact your waste hauler and start discussing what will work best for your property.  Don’t wait to #SortItOut!  

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Whether you already have a compostables collection program in place at your location or are looking to implement one, there are many resources and information available to help you along the way:

You can also find out what goes in your compostable waste, recycling or garbage by using one of the following resources:

Additional resources such as posters, signage and other educational information will be added once they are developed. Check back soon!

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Contact Us

As the project moves forward, the webpage will be updated to reflect our progress, so please continue to check back.

For further information or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact us:

Engineering & Regional Utilities
Tel: 604-864-5514

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