Tips for Composting in Bear Country
Bears are abound and attracting them to your property, intentionally or unintentionally, is against the law according to the the Wild Life Act. Check out our new brochure on how to detract bears from your yard with a focus on composting!
Resource Recovery Centre in Powell River?
We aim to continue making steps towards the creation of a Resource Recovery Centre. “Cleaning up the old waste transfer site and building a new resource recovery centre in Powell River would cost considerably less than throwing everything on a barge to Washington State, where waste is currently sent,” says the Powell River Peak. Read full article here. On opposition to the project is who is to foot the bill? For a recent article with that view check out this article from September.
Want to learn more about food waste prevention?
If you didn’t make it to the screening of “Just Eat It,” check out the film (streamable) online.
Other great resources include the Ministry of Environment Residential Food Waste Reduction Tools
Snacks at the screening were from food diverted from the waste stream, provided by Safeway, Mat Reynolds and Ecossentials.
Unwanted bubble wrap?
Full Solution Computers wants your clean packing material for reuse! They accept bubble wrap, foam rubber and sheet foam (see pictures). None of these materials are accepted at our depots for recycling but now you can keep them out of the dump by bringing them to Full Solution Computers. Why do they want your packaging? For their computer reclamation service, they accept all computers regardless of age or functionality. They securely erase all data, reclaim parts, and recycle what can’t be salvaged. They are not only recycling the computer parts but they will wrap them in packaging that was otherwise destined for the trash! They are glad to divert these products from the waste stream, and help find new homes for old computer parts around the world. Please bring your bubble wrap, foam rubber and sheet foam to 4637 Marine Ave, 604 485 8212. They are open 9-5 Monday-Saturday.
Clothes to recycle? SO many options!
Clothes are accepted for reuse and recycling at the Health Care Auxilary and MCC thrift stores. This includes socks with holes, one shoe, damaged, worn out and mismatched clothing. There are now even more options for recycling with the new bins provided by inclusion Powell River. You will see metal bins called “Clothes Drop” at our Town Centre, Tla’amin, Lund and Gillies Bay depots as well as Augusta and in the parking lot outside the Jean Pike Centre, 7055 Alberni St. These bins accept clothing, accessories, shoes, bedding and towels.
Small Appliance Recycling is here!
You can now recycle small appliances at the town centre recycling depot! Click here for a list of accepted items Small Appliances recycling program. Please note that Sunset Coast Bottle Depot is the place to bring tv’s, computers and audio equipment. If your item still works please consider repair and donation first!
“Extra Extra! Read all about it!”
Our newsletter is here! Online and in your mailbox.
Not sure where to recycle something?
Our new and improved recycling directory is here! Online and in your mailbox.
*New* Expanded recycling at depots!
(PARTICIPATING DEPOTS- LUND, TLA’AMIN, TOWN CENTRE, BLACK POINT)
*WINE CORKS (natural not plastic)– www.recork.org
*BATTERIES AND CELLPHONES– www.call2recycle.ca
*PENS, MARKERS, HIGHLIGHTERS– www.terracycle.ca
*ZIPLOCK AND GARBAGE BAGS (Town Centre depot ONLY)- Thank you Walmart!
Stay tuned for more added items!
Augusta Recyclers is offering free organics collection starting Monday, December 8th. This is a pilot project where you can drop off your collection of separated food scraps for free. The collection will take place at Augusta up at the municipal household waste drop off area. Most all food, meat, dairy, cooked/uncooked food is accepted and will be delivered to the Harvest Power composting facility in the lower mainland. For a full list of acceptable items click here! Notable NON-ACCEPTED items include wood, yard waste, pet waste or plastic (even if it’s compostable or biodegradable, it’s still NOT accepted). Questions? Call Augusta – 604.485.4072.
Recycling Depot Hours:
Lund Recycling Depot: Wed – Sat 10:00am – 4:30pm
Sliammon Salish Center Depot: Tues – Sat 9:00am – 5:00pm
NEW Town Center Depot: Tues – Sat 8:00am – 5:30pm
Blackpoint Store Depot: Tues – Sat 9:00am – 5:30pm
Augusta Recyclers: Mon – Sat 8:00am – 5:00pm
Gilles Bay, Texada Depot: Wed, Fri & Sun 9:00am – 5:00pm
Van Anda, Texada Depot: Tues, Thurs & Sat 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunshine Disposal & Recycling: Mon – Sat 8:30am – 5:00pm
(paper, cardboard & #2 plastic only – Commercial recyclables accepted)
New Depot Recycling Guide Brochure
A new guide for recycling depots has been created by MMBC. This new brochure lists the same information that our team created for the launch of this program. You may find this version easier to read or use. Printed copies are available at the Powell River Regional District office and through the Let’s Talk Trash team. Click here for a digital copy.
Changes to Recycling
Zero Waste Stations
By now you have likely seen our Zero Waste Stations in action. If you are interested in making your next event zero waste, contact our team for more information or to sign out the Stations! The Zero Waste Stations come equipped with many accessories including aprons and hats to identify your station monitors.
Rather than put items into the trash, these stations encourage folks to divert their ‘waste’ into recoverable streams such as Containers (includes plastic, metal and paper), Styrofoam, Plastic Bags & Overwrap, Paper, Compostables, and Refundables. Each of the 5 bins carefully lists what is acceptable and how to properly dispose of special items. Pop cans, for instance, are rinsed first, bottle caps are removed, and paper napkins are perfect for the compost so long as it is not going to become animal feed.
Please let us know if you have an event that you would like to borrow the Zero Waste Stations for by contacting us at email@example.com. We will happily guide you along the way to achieving Zero Waste at your event.
Moving towards Zero Waste
Let’s Talk Trash is an initiative of the Powell River Regional District’s Waste Management Education Program and our action plan includes an innovative education program on sustainable waste management for schools, businesses, and around the community.
Learn more about our initiatives and projects.
A zero waste approach focuses on finding ways to manage resources in order to eliminate waste. Zero waste means:
- Reduced environmental impact (water, air, land & energy use).
- Reduced municipal expenses to handle waste materials.
- A more efficient and effective cycling of materials – that can even create wealth out of waste.