Food sector composting bylaw to be drafted

With impending bans on compostables in the garbage stream, city moves towards food sector collection bylaw

With Metro Vancouver planning to ban all compostables from the garbage stream by the end of 2015, and the Fraser Valley Regional District likely to follow, Abbotsford will draft a bylaw to institute composting for local businesses.

The city has had a residential compost program since January 2013, which diverted an estimated 11,000 tonnes of organic waste in its first year.

A program for the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors is already underway.

Council voted on Monday to draft a bylaw for the food service and processing sector.

The idea has already gone through preliminary consultation with the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, waste haulers and food sector businesses.

There will be additional consultation on the draft bylaw in later 2014 and early 2015 and the proposed bylaw is anticipated to come to council in early next year.