Completely Compostable - Issue 5

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Recycle - it’s the law! Vancouver, Canada

January 2015: Organics Disposal Ban - biodegradable waste including food banned from waste facilities. If a waste load contains excessive recyclable materials, the hauler pays a 50% surcharge.


Jan 2013: Waste Regulations Any business producing over 5kg food waste per week must introduce separate food waste recycling.

Northern Ireland Seattle, US

2014: Residents must separate food waste from trash or pay a $1 fine for each violation.

Massachusetts, US

July 2014: Law passed mandating food waste recycling for all businesses producing >1 tonne of food waste per week.

San Francisco, US

The City of Austin has committed to a Zero Waste goal to divert 90% of materials from landfills by 2040. 14,000 households already have curbside organics collections as part of a pilot programme.

Rhode Island, US

By 2016: Institutions producing >2 tonnes of food waste a week will be required to introduce separate food waste recycling.

2009: Mandatory Recycling & Composting Ordinance. Requires residents & businesses to keep recyclables & compostables out of their landfill bin in order to help them achieve its goal of zero waste by 2020.

Austin, Texas, US

By April 2015: separately collected food waste banned from landfill. By 2017: all businesses producing >5kg food waste per week must introduce separate food waste recycling.

Connecticut & Vermont, US

New York, US

2012: pilot programme collecting food waste from NYC schools, residences & institutions. 2013: New York City Council passed legislation requiring businesses creating >1 tonne of food waste a week to introduce food waste recycling.

2014: Large commercial waste generators (>104 tonnes/year) must divert food waste if they are within 20 miles of a licensed food waste recycling facility.

Map Key Ban of biodegradable waste from landfill Food waste recycling mandated or introduced Why recycle food waste?

Here’s why food waste should be recycled, not sent to landfill... Beat new legislation

New laws around the world are banning biodegradable waste from landfill and mandating food waste recycling.

Save money

In the UK and elsewhere, landfill is the most expensive destination for waste. Landfill tax increasing every year, and as sites fill up.

Reduce greenhouse gases

Breaking down in landfill, biodegradable waste can produce methane - a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than CO2

Produce energy & compost

Food waste can be used to produce energy, heat, biofuel and compost in order to return nutrients to the soil.

Go zero waste

Once messy food waste is in its own bin, the rest of your waste dry and much easier recycle. Food waste recycling is first key step to going zero waste. Join the global movement - maximise recycling and reduce waste to landfill!


Coffee nation

Australians love coffee. Not surprising - they drink 1.3 million cups of takeaway coffee every day!