Cadman calls for ‘zero waste policy’
As the Cache Creek landfill quickly approaches capacity Metro Vancouver officials need to find a new place to dump the region’s garbage.
But one city councillor said the answer isn’t a new dumping ground but new policies that will drastically reduce the amount of garbage we produce.
“We can no longer deal with the region’s garbage by simply trucking our mess to Interior landfills,” said COPE Coun. David Cadman.
“The solution is to work toward a zero waste policy.”
Cadman voted in favour of no longer trucking solid waste to landfills in the Interior at Metro Vancouver’s board meeting on Friday.
Engineers had planned to open a new dump near Ashcroft when Cache Creek is full in two years, but the plan was met with opposition from residents, First Nations and environmental groups.
“We are now at just about 50 per cent on recycling,” Cadman said. “But we have to make a big push and aim for 85 per cent.”
He added that nearly one third of Vancouver’s garbage is organic material, which, if composted, would cut garbage down by 30 per cent.