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 been striving to develop and deliver an innovative and successful educational campaign for the qathet Regional District by:
- Assisting with public education for the curbside compost pilot project (serving 400 homes).
- Education regarding the free compost drop off program at Town Centre Recycling Depot and Sunshine Disposal & Recycling.
- Creating a Compost Education Center, where the public can learn about various methods of backyard composting available to them.
- Facilitating free compost workshops hosted by local composting experts.
- Coordinating an annual Halloween pumpkin collection for local farmers to make use of the wasted pumpkins for animal feed.
Media & Information Booths
- Regularly hosting a one hour informative and award winning radio show on CJMP 90.1 fm on all matters related to waste reduction.
- Hosting information tables at many local events and festivals.
- Being featured on Shaw television.
- Weekly columns in the free MidWeek edition of the Peak newspaper and monthly articles for the Tla’amin Nehmotl, regular submissions to the Lund Barnacle, and the Lasqueti Island Times.
- Producing articles in various local publications on waste related topics of interest.
- Creating a Zero Waste Guide for Event Planners in partnership with the Sunshine Coast Regional District, Sunshine Coast Tourism and Tourism Powell River.
- Assisting in production of the Waste Wise Guide, in partnership with the City of Powell River. A guide to composting, recycling, curbside pick-up, and waste reduction locally.
- Promoting a winter holiday waste reduction campaign, ‘Create Memories, Not Garbage’ for November & December.
- School recycling system analysis with a report compiling a ‘best practices’ approach gleaned from each school.
- Working with the Sustainable Schools Committee, Ecology Change Operation and individual classes and schools.
- Encouraging School Supply Round-Ups to salvage usable school supplies at the end of the year for use the following year for students who do not have adequate supplies.
- Offering presentations to Family Place ‘Sprouts’ program.
- Conducting tours of waste management facilities for elementary and high school students.
- Being guest lecturer for several Vancouver Island University Programs.
- Working with the Sustainability Committees & Green Teams in School District 47.
Zero Waste Recycling Stations
- Zero Waste Stations available to the public for use in separating ‘waste’ into divertable streams of compost, refundables, and containers recycling.
- Creating a portable dishwasher trailer for community use.
- Loaning out community dish supply (300+ dishes) and portable dishwasher for any local events.
- Loaning Zero Waste Stations to be used at local events such as Sea Fair, PRISMA, Celebration for Cultural Diversity, Blackberry Festival, Aurora, Fall Fair, Interfaith Fair, Seedy Saturday, Trash Bash, Powell River Film Festival, school events, weddings, etc.
- Training Recycling Depot staff on Recycle BC recycling streams.
- Offering free workshops for the public on local recycling programs.
- Expanding local recycling programs to include pens & highlighters, cork, garbage bags, and diversion of egg cartons to local farmers.
- Offering waste audits and education sessions for local businesses assessing their waste and offering recommendations on how to divert much of their ‘trash’. Staff training for local recycling and composting programs is also available upon request.
- Opening possibilities for commercial sector to recycle and compost at the Town Centre Depot free of charge.
Beach Styrofoam Collection
- For beach cleanup info click here