ReForum 2015

End of Day Plenary:

Metro Vancouver Material Disposal Ban Program

BrandonMetro Vancouver implemented its first disposal ban, for newsprint, office paper and cardboard, in 1997. In 2008, the ban program was expanded to include gypsum, green waste, beverage containers, blue-box recyclables, lead-acid batteries, pharmaceuticals, paint, solvents, gasoline, pesticides, tires, oil filters and containers, and electronic waste.

Fast forward to 2014, where there are seven inspectors overseeing nine solid waste facilities and the list of banned materials has expanded to include: electrical products; agricultural waste; automobile parts and bodies; biomedical waste; inert fill; metal household or commercial appliances; barrels and drums in excess of 205 litres; mattresses; and objects exceeding 2.5 metres in length.

In 2013, 18.7% of all inbound loads were inspected and the violation rate was 3.7%. The total value of the surcharges levied was $453,851. The total cost of the inspections contract was $452,406.

Brandon will describe the evolution of the material ban program, operational and customer issues and the new direction for 2015 and onward to meet Metro Vancouver’s 2010 Integrated Solid Waste and Residual Management Plan (ISWRMP) goals and objectives: 70% recycling rate by 2015 and 80% by 2020.

Brandon Ho is a professional engineer with fourteen years of experience. As a Senior Project Engineer, Brandon has served in the Metro Vancouver Solid Waste Services department since April 2002. He was one of the first material ban inspectors when the program was first launched.

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