Commercial Food Waste


In June 2005 the RDN banned disposal of food and other organic waste from commercial and institutional sources at the region's solid waste facilities, putting the first phase of its organics diversion strategy into action.
A 2004 waste composition study had found that food waste and compostable paper comprised 32% of the industrial, commercial, institutional (ICI) waste stream. 

Extensive consultation preceded the commercial food waste and organics disposal ban in 2005 with follow-up site visits to over 200 businesses and organizations. Landfill disposal of compostable organic waste from a commercial or institutional facility is not permitted under Bylaw 1531.

All commercial and institutional facilities such as restaurants, grocery stores, and school and hospital cafeterias are now required to have food waste diversion systems in place. Commercial food waste includes raw and cooked food and other compostable organic material from commercial and institutional premises. See Acceptable/Unacceptable Materials for a complete list.

Compostable Bags 

Commercial organic materials are banned from disposal in the Regional landfill. Businesses and organizations affected by the ban are required to collect compostable materials separately from regular waste and send them to a licensed composting facility. 
Compostable materials may be collected in a bin without a bag or liner. If you choose to use a bag it must be compostable as they are designed to break down during the composting process at International Composting Corporation's facility. 
Any bags or liners used must meet the ASTM D6400-04-Standard Specification for Compostable Plastics. These bags can be purchased from the following businesses:
  • Enterprise Paper (Parksville): 1-888-751-2210 
  • Island Cleaning Supplies: (Parksville) 250-954-3211 
  • Planet Clean: (Nanaimo) 250-753-0255 
  • GFS Foods: 1-800-663-1695 
  • Sysco Victoria Inc.: 1-800-363-3331 
  • Wesclean: 1-888-337-2929 
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