As we don our gardening gloves one of the first things that usually reveals itself is soil amendments. The go-to product of choice is most often compost. How did your pile of black gold fair over the winter? Join one of our upcoming compost workshops this spring and summer to glean tips and tricks of the trade from one of our local composting gurus as there are always new tidbits of information to learn. For more information please check our Compost Education Centre page.
Thanks to all who came out to the Compost Education Centre’s (located behind the Community Resource Center on Joyce) Open House on May 11th! Local compost experts, Bert Bailey, Carol Engram and Brian McLaughlin were on hand to answer questions and demonstrate how to use the CEC’s seven different composting systems. A big thanks to Bert and Carol for offering give aways for a few lucky attendees to the open house. Congratulations to Ryan and Eli who were the winners of the prize converted freezer composter! They are excited to get started composting at their home in Westview
The 2013 Waste Wise Guide Annual Calendar has been delivered to all households and businesses throughout the region. If you did not get this valuable resource, it may be that you refuse ‘ad mail’ from Canada Post. Copies are available for pick up at the Powell River Regional District office, City Hall and the City Library. Alternatively you can download a digital copy from the Regional District’s website.
A big thank you to all of you that came out with your Styrofoam to our Styrofoam Round up! We collected 324 bags which filled 3 and a half cube vans so thank you for holding onto and collecting this item for our one day recycling event. Our Styrofoam is now at Gibsons’ Recycling. If you happen to come across more Styrofoam, remember that our most local depots for recycling are on the lower Sunshine Coast at Gibsons’ Recycling and in Nanaimo as well as in Victoria.
Also, thank you to all of our Zero Waste Challenge participants! We have a huge amount of data to compile and are excited to report back to you with our findings. Look for results from the challenge in our upcoming newsletter.
Kitchen Leftovers Exchange
Would you like to compost but are currently unable to? A new program in Powell River may be the answer to help solve your composting woes. The Kitchen Leftovers Exchange program invites you to drop off your kitchen leftovers! Compostable, leak and odour proof bags are provided to collect and transport your food scraps. These bags can then be dropped off at the Community Living Place located on Artaban Street in Cranberry or on Saturdays at the Open Air Market. A pick up service is also available for businesses along Marine Avenue on Fridays . The cost is $2 for small bags and $3 for large bags. Participants of this program will also receive a bag of worm castings at the start of the gardening season. Worm castings are a valuable soil amendment that any garden will love. If you’re interested in this program, please contact Carol Engram at 604.485.2311.
The Let’s Talk Trash team has a vision.
We want the Powell River Regional District to be a ZERO WASTE community.
A zero waste approach doesn’t focus on managing wastes, but 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.
Our zero waste action plan includes an innovative education program on sustainable waste management for schools, businesses, and around the community.