The Let’s Talk Trash team is an initiative of the Powell River Regional District’s Waste Management Education Program.
Our mission is:
To develop and implement an innovative education program on waste reduction strategies that will guide our community toward zero waste.
Since 2011, the Let’s Talk Trash team has developed and delivered an innovative and successful educational campaign for the Regional District by:
- Creating a Compost Education Center, where the public can learn about various methods of composting available to them.
- Facilitating regular compost workshops, hosted by local composting experts.
- Holding an annual Halloween pumpkin collection and Christmas tree chipping service to make use of these resources.
Media & Information Booths
- Regularly hosting a one hour informative and award winning radio show on CJMP 90.1 fm on all matters related to eliminating waste.
- Hosting information tables at many local events and festival.
- Being featured on Shaw television & The Peak newspaper.
- Producing monthly articles in the Powell River Living Magazine on topics of local interest.
- Creating a Zero Waste Guide for Event Planners in partnership with the Sunshine Coast Regional District, Sunshine Coast Tourism and Tourism Powell River.
- Annually producing a Zero Waste Guide that is distributed to all households in the area.
- Promoting the idea of ‘Create Memories, not Garbage’ during the often wasteful holiday season in December.
Zero Waste Conference
- Hosting a local Zero Waste Conference with guest speakers and round table discussions.
- School recycling system analysis with a report compiling a ‘best practices’ approach gleaned from each school.
- Conducting a pilot program to address and assess organic waste produced through the Vancouver Island University Culinary Institute at Brooks High School.
- Working with the Sustainable Schools Committee to hold an annual end of year school collection of unused school supplies.
Zero Waste Recycling Stations
- Acquiring two Zero Waste Stations (which separate ‘waste’ into Compostables, Refundables, Metal, Plastics, and Paper) and monitoring their use at many local events.
- Loaning our Zero Waste Stations to be used at local events. Events have included: Sea Fair, PRISMA, Celebration for Cultural Diversity, Blackberry Festival, Aurora, Fall Fair, Interfaith Fair, Seedy Saturday, Trash Bash, Powell River Film Festival, school events and more.
- Conducting Waste Audits of 16 local businesses, assessing their waste and offering recommendations on how to divert much of their ‘trash’.
- Offering a yearly collection of Styrofoam, not currently recyclable in Powell River.
We are helped out by three trash talking rats: ReDu, ReU, and Reece.
Officially the sage of our team, being small does not hinder ReDU’s huge actions in reducing waste through composting and conscious consuming. She is an intelligent, forward-thinking little rat who loves to garden in her spare time and is often seen riding her bike.
ReU is an inventor, or re-inventor, whose passion lies in reusing old items that would otherwise be destined for the landfill. He sees potential in all items big and small and works his creative magic to upcycle them into something wonderful.
The recycling queen of our team, Reece does not let anything slip by her. She’s a fanatic about ensuring all items in the recycling bin have been thoroughly cleaned and ‘prepped’ for recycling (metal caps off bottles, paper labels separated from plastic packaging, boxes and paper packaging broken down etc.). She loves the thought of giving used items a second life.
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