How can an organics ban help Toronto get to zero waste AND tackle climate change?


A ban on organics would be part of a larger strategy to reduce food waste, redistribute surplus food to feed people and animals, and ensure high value composting. Any ban would would be paired with requirements for businesses and municipalities to collect organic waste separately (e.g. use a green bin) and send it for composting.

When Metro Vancouver started enforcing their organics ban in 2015, waste companies were inspected at transfer stations and are fined if they had too much organic waste giving these companies an incentive to better educate their customers, provide better services, or inspect their customer’s waste before picking it up.