n 2006 alone, more than 1,134 tons of New Westminster garbage have ended up in landfills. That number has declined only slightly since then.
City estimates are that before 2008, 40% of what was being sent to the landfill was organic green waste! The city's neihbor, Burnaby, the numbers are only slightly better. But both New Westminster AND Burnaby contribute to the 3.5 million tons of waste, and also every other city in the comunnity each year! Of that, only 52% is recycled in some way. The region's garbage is either trucked to the Cache Creek landfill, Buried in the Vancouver landfill, or burned in Metro Vancouver waste to energy facility in South Burnaby.
But all this garbage cost, and not just an enviornmental cost. Cities pay a fee of $71 to get rid one ton of garbage. That regional disposal rate is expected to increase to $82 a ton in 2010 and even more in the future. Also, cities face a surcharge if their garbage contains a high amount of recycled material, such as electronics, or other things that have been banned from landfills. We are running out of money.
Metro Vancouver energy facility has set a goal for 70% recycling by 2015. This target is hard to reach.
Still, Both New West and Burnaby have said they will reach that goal. City Recycling Depots collect a multitude of products and materials. Things like car batteries, used oil, paint, and appliances can be dropped off.