I got this card yesterday in the post from the City of Vancouver, and it made me giddy.

Your food isn’t garbage
Turn your food scraps into compost

Funny how one person’s joy is another person’s ‘huh?’ Anyway, it reminded me again of one of the reasons—among countless reasons—I am so fortunate to live in Canada, and extra fortunate to live in Vancouver, and proud of so many things that Canada or Canadians do or stand for in a truly crazy world. Don’t worry, I qualify those comments with my less-flattering comments on history and present day Canadian policies all over this blog, too. But this simple note made my morning, beginning with Earth Day—and, of course, who are we kidding? Every day is Earth Day.

Think of it this way: the planet feeds us—granted, our ingenuity can help. But we are utterly dependent. If this Earth was any human, even remotely, he or she would definitely become dictatorial, demanding, brutal—and big taxes! But the Earth? Day after day, no matter what we do (though there’s a limit), she gives up her bounty, replenishes, recreates, recommences, reinvigorates, restores. Inconceivably (giving, economically, for free, to the tune of $30 trillion a year). And for that, after 4 billion years or so of doing this, and at least 200,000 in relationship with anatomically modern human beings, we bestow upon her one Earth Day a year. Mother Earth, my apologies.

Anyway, on the flipside of the card:

If you have a City of Vancouver yard trimmings cart, you’ve got a whole new way to compost. Now you can put your uncooked vegetable and fruit scraps, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags and eggshells in your yard trimmings cart. More items will be added in the future.

This is pretty much my diet—minus the eggs at home. But how great is that, huh?

And here’s the website.

Lots of recycled love and stuff,



4 Responses to “COMPOSTING CANADA”

  1. Karen says:

    Thanks Pete.

    Our town has a pretty progressive recycling program, but I’ve always felt we could do more. You best believe I will ask the members of our Town Council to take a look at this Web site. Even if the money/will/desire isn’t there to initiate something right now, I just want them to see the line about no new fees or increased taxes being required!

    Perhaps I’ll print that page (on recycled paper with recycled ink) and highlight that line.

    Tons of the ultimate recyclable to you and those you love.

  2. Reminds me of this quote by Hafiz:

    “The sun never says to the earth,
    ‘You owe me.’

    Look what happens with a love like that.
    It lights up the whole sky.”

  3. Good old Hafiz. Love those Sufi mystics. I’ll use that beautiful quote somewhere. Pete xo

  4. Good luck, Karen, we’re cheering for you up here! New Jersey, look out! Compost rocks!

    Pete xo

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