Garbage audit discovers high rate of recyclables that are landfill bound

A recent study conducted by Project Greensense found that there was interest in recycling at the commercial level if there was a curbside program similar to that run for regional district households. Keremeos businesses currently have no recycing program available to them

A recent study conducted by Project Greensense found that there was interest in recycling at the commercial level if there was a curbside program similar to that run for regional district households. Keremeos businesses currently have no recycing program available to them

 

Project Greensense, a community initiative to help local businesses reduce consumption and save money, recently performed a garbage audit at the Campbell Mountain Landfill.

The audit involved the partial dissemination of three commercial container loads of garbage, amounting to 600 kilograms of waste. The participants discovered that out of the waste pile, three to six per cent of the garbage was made up of disposable paper cups, 30 per cent was of other recyclable material, and 30 per cent was organic waste.

There is currently no recycling program available through the regional district for commercial and industrial waste.

The study, headed by Environmental Ambassador / Auditor Deyne Borgia-Ellis, discovered that  there was a high degree of interest amongst the 66 commercial solid waste audits done for a curbside dumpster option for recycling.