Think Green This Holiday Season!
Check out our Holiday Green Guide to help you cut back on waste this season. There are tips on alternative wrapping paper ideas, hosting considerations and even festive decoration ideas that will last for the years to come. Create memories, not garbage. Turkey too big for the backyard composter? Bring your leftover food waste, bones and all, to Augusta for their free organics collection program! See below for more details.
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.
A Zero Waste Afternoon
Thanks to all who came out to the Zero Waste afternoon on November 29th! If you weren’t able to join in, we’ve uploaded our Zero Waste presentation slides, and below, have included the videos shown so you can view and share them at your leisure. This Zero Waste event included:
- What Zero Waste is all about (video link to Paul Connett, author of The Zero Waste Solution)
- A review of the current MMBC recycling program
- A time line of the new items that will be accepted at select recycling depots (video about cork recycling: ReCork).
- A presentation on avoiding Food Waste & on Larger Scale Composting possibilities in Powell River
- The possible formation of a Resource Recovery Park in Powell River through a collaboration including local businesses, organizations, vendors and artists. (video link to Gibson’s Recycling facility)
- A presentation by guest speaker, Jill Doucette, founder of Synergy Systems (specialist in ‘Greening’ Businesses)
- Local guest speakers: Melissa Call, owner of Ecossentials (speaking about the challenges of ‘greening’ a business), and Chloe Smith & Guadalupe Dufour, who are upcycling barley bags from Townsite Brewery into 6 pack totes and more!
- Introduction to the concept of the ‘The Sharing Economy‘ which can facilitate the sharing of our resources and thus decrease the waste we produce.
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 Town Center Recycling Depot: Opened Oct 7th
Great news for Powell River. The new TOWN CENTER RECYCLING DEPOT (Powell River) has opened! Location: behind Rona, across from the MCC parking area. Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Closed Stat. Holidays. They accept residential recycling, including glass containers, plastic bags & overwrap, styrofoam, paper, and metal/plastic/paper containers. Please refer to MMBC’s list for details, and ask depot staff when in doubt. Click here for a digital copy.
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
Powell River Regional District rural residents experienced a change in recycling at the rural drop-off depots May 20th. A new province wide initiative is being launched that restricts access to the rural recycling depots and changes the list of accepted items. Please visit Multi-Material BC for a program overview. Follow these links for more information:
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.