1,800 Tonnes of Kitchen Scraps Collected in Year One

The City of Victoria's Kitchen Scraps and Garbage program turns one today and there is reason to celebrate.  In the first year of the program over 1,800 tonnes of kitchen scraps were separated and processed into compost, instead of being sent to the landfill, 300 tonnes more than the original target of 1,500.

The participation of local residents resulted in a monthly average diversion rate of 36.5%, surpassing the goal of diverting 30 percent of the waste stream from the landfill.  Throughout the year residents found more items to keep out of the landfill.  Diversion rates steadily increased each month, with November reaching a high of 41%.

Collection Day Reminder Program

 Use of the collection day reminder system also continues to grow.  4,700 voicemail, text, twitter or email reminders have been set up and the mobile app has been downloaded 1,371 times.  Kitchen Scraps and Garbage customers can view their collection schedule and sign up for reminders here.

Processing Update

Kitchen scraps continue to be processed on southern Vancouver Island.  The City of Victoria is continuing to partner with the Capital Regional District as they develop a long term solution for the local processing of kitchen scraps.

Compostable Bags

Participants of the Kitchen Scraps and Garbage program are reminded to only include compostable bags, paper bags or newspaper with kitchen scraps.  Regular plastic bags, recycled plastic bags and biodegradable plastic bags are not accepted and must be manually separated at the processing plant.  Rolls of 90 compostable bags are available for sale for $10 plus tax at the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre and the Public Service Centre at City Hall. 

For more information about the Kitchen Scraps and Garbage program, click here.