The results from the Vancouver Aquarium’s 2012 waste audit are in! As part of its green mission, the Vancouver Aquarium surveys its waste each year to determine ways to reduce landfill items and the impact on the environment. In hopes of diverting even more “waste” away from landfills this year, the the Aquarium’s Environment Management System took additional measures to meet this goal, such as:
- Replacing old vacuums needing replacing with bag-less vacuums
- Conducting mini-waste management presentations (managed by volunteers)
- Securing an extra composting storage bin to accommodate an increase in composting and reduce disposal pickups
- Adding new recycling and composting bins and appropriate signage around the Aquarium in the visitor areas and café
- Improving signage for waste disposal units in the visitor areas
- Surveying visitors to determine additional ways to improve waste management
It seems that once again, these efforts by staff and volunteers have paid off. The results from this year’s waste audit show that even with more guests visiting the Aquarium, a higher percentage of waste was diverted from the landfill compared to previous years. This year, the Aquarium directed 86 per cent of its waste from landfills to composting and recycling. This is a 13 per cent increase from 2008, the first time the Aquarium conducted an annual waste audit, and a two per cent increase from last year.
Many thanks to our staff, volunteers, and guests for taking part in our green mission to keep “waste” way from our landfills, and putting our composting and recycling to much better use!