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.
Reduce your waste this Holiday Season
On average, households produce 25% more garbage during the holiday season, but this doesn’t need to be. We’ve done some research, so you don’t have to. Go to our Holiday Green Guide for creative ideas on:
Alternative Christmas Trees
Waste Free Parties
Holiday Card Ideas
Alternative Gift Wrapping
Green Gift Ideas
Transitions for Let’s Talk Trash team
The Let’s Talk Trash team would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to Coco Hess, whose company, BHC Consulting, along with continuing member, Abby McLennan, originally won the contract from the Powell River Regional District in 2011 for its Waste Management Education Program. After dedicating so much of her energy to this project, Coco has made the difficult decision to more fully pursue her other passion — acting as a sailing instructor for the world renowned National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Coco remains actively involved in waste reduction efforts in the community, and we have no doubt she will continue striving for zero waste in all her future pursuits.
As the three remaining members of the team, we are very excited to announce that we have secured an extension of contract for the remainder of 2013, and are expecting to continue on in 2014. We thank all those in the community who have approached us with such overwhelmingly positive wishes for a continued presence in Powell River. A recent editorial in the Powell River Peak newspaper reported,
It’s important that the work the Let’s Talk Trash team has done doesn’t disappear. The team achieved a high standard and became a valuable resource in the community. We can all improve on reducing our waste. The program helped raise awareness about the need to work toward zero waste, as well as providing practical advice about how to achieve small steps along the way.” Editorial, The Peak. October 1st, 2013.
Tai, Abby and Inger-Lise
For further reading: Trash Team Transitions, The Peak. October. 1st, 2013. (article prior to news of contract extension)
Zero Waste Stations
By now you have likely seen our Zero Waste Stations in action at many of Powell River’s local events. This past summer and fall they made their colourful debut at PRISMA and then went on to SeaFair, Blackberry Fest, the Fall Fair, the Vale, Aurora, and the Haunted Ball to name a few.
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 email@example.com. We will happily guide you along the way to achieving Zero Waste at your event.
It’s always a great idea to have volunteers monitoring your stations and assisting the public in making the right bin choice. Zero Waste Crew hats and aprons are available to keep them looking sharp. Interested in volunteering an hour of your time to help for future Zero Waste Events? We are always looking for station monitors. Send us an email and we will connect you with event coordinators in need of your assistance.
Compost Education Center
With winter just around the corner, composting may not be the first thing on your mind. In truth, every season provides opportunities to make use of your kitchen scraps, yard trimmings, fall leaves, coffee grinds and the like. For more information about our upcoming free Composting Workshops, please check our Compost Education Centre page. You may also like to visit our Compost Education Center for a self guided tour of our 7 different styles of composters (located at 4752 Joyce Avenue in the gardens behind the Community Resource Center).