Our Team

Our team includes you!

Together, we can move the qathet Regional District towards true Zero Waste!

A Zero Waste approach doesn’t focus on managing waste, but on finding ways to eliminate waste.  Our Zero Waste action plan includes an innovative education program on sustainable waste reduction for residents, schools, businesses, and the community in general.

Let’s Talk Trash is contracted by the qathet Regional District to deliver its Waste Reduction Education Program, Wood Smoke Reduction Program, Trash Bash event, consult for the Resource Recovery Centre project, and author reports on topics related to solid waste for the qRD.

We are also available for other contract work related to waste reduction, including: conducting waste composition studies, producing educational materials, consulting with businesses on waste reduction strategies, and guest speaking or presenting facilitating workshops (backyard composting, upcycling, ocean debris awareness).

Meet the members of our educational team:

Abby McLennan
 moved to the Powell River area in 2009 with her partner Marc and fell in love with the region.  She is a founding member of the Let’s Talk Trash team and gains her zero waste inspiration from the many people she meets who are working towards positive change.  She believes our resources deserve to be more than one-hit wonders – re-purpose, re-invent & revolutionize!


Tai Uhlmann
joined the team in 2012 to focus on leading the charge for composting in our community.  She managed the Compost Education Centre at the Community Resource Centre and hosted educational composting workshops, from freezer conversions to on-site demonstrations at local gardens and nurseries.  A filmmaker by trade, Tai returned to Lund from New York City to raise her daughter and son in nature and be more involved in her community.

Ingalisa Burns moved to Powell River in 2010 to start a new, low impact life in the country. Having completed her Permaculture and Ecovillage Design Certificates a few years earlier, she was armed with tools to realize this dream.  After 15 years of working a teacher, she is now thrilled to lend her skills to waste reduction education. Her hope is to raise awareness within the community about how we can live in harmony with natural systems.