2014 Trash Bash
The 9th annual Trash Bash is set to take place on Saturday, April 26th at Willingdon Beach. Registration and drop offs begin at 9:30am with a complimentary lunch served from 12-1:30pm. Door prizes to be won! This annual community clean up aims to collected discarded trash from our coastlines, trails and backroads. Clean up a public area of your choice and bring the collected trash down to dispose of into dumpster that will be at Willingdon Beach or alternatively, come to the beach first and choose a location off of our ‘site’ map. If you do not have a vehicle we try to arrange carpooling and new this year will be a ‘bag drop’ option. Please contact email@example.com for more information or to pre-register! If you’re on Facebook find the event page by viewing the Let’s Talk Trash team Facebook page and look under ‘events’.
Upcoming FREE Composting Workshop:
Bokashi Fermentation: Composting Indoors on a Budget: Thursday, April 17th 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Registered Holistic Nutritionist and fermentation expert, Kitty Clemens (Pro-Active Nutrition), will teach participants about the Bokashi indoor fermentation system. Bokashi is a Japanese word that translates into ‘fermented organic matter’. This method of composting allows for the additions of meat, fish and dairy without attracting rodents and flies or producing odours. You will see an active Bokashi bucket and learn how to make your own Bokashi system from scratch, including creative ways to produce the necessary micro-organisms to activate your bucket.
Workshop will take place at the Community Resource Center (4752 Joyce Avenue, Powell River)
Compost Education Center OPEN HOUSE: Friday, April 25, 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Do you want to start composting? Do you need to find a system that will work for you? Come with your questions and leave with confidence that you can enjoy composting! In celebration of Earth Week, local compost experts, including Bert Baillie, inventor of the Freezer Composter, have been invited to be on hand to answer all of your composting questions! Drop by and enter to WIN a Freezer Composter!
Local Newspaper features Let’s Talk Trash
This week, the Powell River Peak shared some of the changes that Let’s Talk Trash has been through as well as recycling changes coming to Powell River.
“The team will be helping to launch Multi Material BC’s (MMBC) public education campaign about changes to recycling in Powell River at the end of the month. MMBC is an industry stewardship group formed by retailers and other packaging producers, slated to take responsibility for collecting and recycling packaging of all sorts starting in May as a result of new provincial regulations.
The trash team will be at PRRD’s rural recycling depots during the change over to help people.
“This is an exciting and new era in the evolution of recycling initiatives,” said Al Radke, the regional district’s chief administrative officer. “It is a paradigm shift and we do not exactly know how it will unfold or what to expect. However, it is fundamentally a step in the right direction.”
Click HERE to read Chris Bolster’s full article.
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 separate their ‘waste’ into Metals, Plastics, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.