NOTICE: Glass & Foam packaging Collection RESUMING

The collection of GLASS and FOAM at all recycling depots has RESUMED.
(December 20th Glass, December 28th Foam)
These collections were temporarily suspended due to weather related challenges along transportation corridors.
* Glass and Foam are never accepted in curbside bins.  Please take these to recycling depots.
* If you had stockpiled large amounts of foam, please bring them in over a period of visits rather than all at once.
* Certain types of glass and foam are never accepted in the Recycle BC program.  Visit Recycle BC to learn more.

Resource Recovery Centre Project: CBC radio & qathet Living Magazine

Let’s Talk Trash were thrilled to have the developing story of the Resource Recovery Centre (entering its 3rd of 3 phases immanently) shared on CBC radio and in qathet Living Magazine.



Take a listen to the CBC interview or a gander at the qathet Living Magazine article to find out what’s brewing at the old incinerator site.

Also, visit our Resource Recovery Centre page for videos showing its transformation so far. More information available on the qathet Regional District website.


Free Disposal for Illegal Dumping Clean Up Waiver Application

In lieu of Trash Bash (canceled in 2020 and 2021), the qathet Regional District is offering residents free disposal of illegally dumped trash through an application waiver.


Illegal Dumping Disposal Fee Waiver. If you missed the Illegal Dump Drop off Day (August 21, 2021) and are interested in cleaning up an illegal dumpsite, you can apply for a disposal fee waiver. Pre-approval through Let’s Talk Trash is required.  Once approved, a physical copy of your waiver (issued through the qathet Regional District) must be submitted to Augusta Recyclers staff when dropping off collected illegally dumped trash. No household waste will be accepted. Fill in this application form and submit to Let’s Talk Trash at OR drop off a hard copy at #105 – 4675 Marine Avenue, Powell River, BC. 


Thanks to all who continue to make an effort to clean up other people’s trash so that we can all enjoy a safer and more beautiful region!

Invasive Plant Collection Success!



Invasive Plants Drop Off Month: 15 tonnes collected!

Invasive plant material dropped off during the month of May added up to over 15 tonnes of material.

Thank you to all residents who participated in the proper management of invasive plants in our region.

Stay tuned for our next free drop off event.

For more information go to the qathet Regional District’s Invasive Plant page OR call the qathet Regional District’s Maintenance Facility at 604-487-1380.

Our Online Articles

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Let’s Talk Trash love staying up to date on all things related to waste reduction. Take a dive into the waste stream with us in one of our regular publications:

Ocean Plastic Depot

On October 26th, BC’s first ocean plastic depot will open in Powell River.  The depot is temporarily set up at Augusta Recyclers and will be installed at its permanent location at the new Resource Recovery Centre when the site opens in 2022.

The Ocean Plastic Depot will target materials collected from cleanup efforts as well as legacy equipment from the marine sector to divert landfill waste and reduce oceanic plastic pollution. The Ocean Plastic Depot will provide a designated location for these materials to be properly contained and select items recycled. This infrastructure and ocean plastic diversion program is made possible through a partnership between the Ocean Legacy Foundation and qathet Regional District with funding from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Visit our Beach Cleanup page for more information.

To get involved or to ask questions, please contact Let’s Talk Trash at 604.485.2260 or email

Recycle Safe

What are you doing with empty propane canisters? Are you tossing your cell phone and laptop batteries into your blue bin? How about lighters or butane canisters? If yes—then potentially—you are causing explosions and fires at material recovery facilities and in collection vehicles, endangering the lives of BC’s recycling collectors and processors.

Follow these expert tips to rethink what you recycle and where. Help keep recycling workers, facilities and the environment safe from not-accepted, hazardous materials.

Problem Materials:
Here are some common items that when incorrectly disposed of, can harm or kill workers and cause damage or temporary closures to BC recycling facilities and waste transfer facilities.

  • Lithium-ion and household batteries
  • Single-use propane and butane canisters
  • Needles
  • Flammable liquids
  • Helium tanks
  • Knives
  • Flares
  • Electronics
  • Bear spray
  • Ammunition
  • Lighters
  • Paint

Read Warning Labels

Hazardous materials should not only be kept out of recycling bins but also out of the waste stream as well. Always read the label. Any product left in packaging that contains corrosive, toxic, flammable, or reactive components can cause major problems at the recycling facility and are often labelled with hazard text/symbols: CAUTION, WARNING, CORROSIVE, EXPLOSIVE, FLAMMABLE, POISONOUS or TOXIC.

Be Aware of Not-accepted Materials

Be mindful of what you put in your recycling bins and ensure it’s an accepted material and 100% empty—not something that is potentially explosive and deadly. The risk for fires or explosions is especially high for material collection vehicles and receiving facilities due to significant amounts of paper, as well as the opportunity for the items to be compressed, causing explosions. The combination of easily flammable material, plenty of oxygen and large amounts of material where sparks can smolder undetected for lengthy periods, makes the presence of hazardous material especially precarious. View the materials accepted in your curbside recycling bin as part of our program.

Find a Location to Recycle or Dispose of Safely

When a material is not allowed in the curbside bin, it doesn’t mean it can’t be recycled somewhere else. Find a disposal location so problem items can be processed safely. Visit to learn more and access the online depot search tool. You can also download the latest version of the free BC Recyclepedia App to search materials and find your closest recycling depot or contact the Recycling Hotline at 1-800-667-4321 or 604-RECYCLE (604-732-9253).

Recorded Webinars: Burn It Smart Wood Stoves, Backyard Composting & more!

Let’s Talk Trash is very pleased to now be hosting educational webinars on Zoom with video recordings available following the live events.

Past Webinars

Burn It Smart: Wood Stove Info Session with WETT Certified, Ron Spreeuw of Valley Building Supplies, Powell River, BC

First three viewers to contact Let’s Talk Trash will receive a Wood Moisture Meter as a thank you! (

Link to Zoom Recording.

Webinar covers:

  • best wood & fire starters
  • Non-EPA vs Secondary Burn vs Catalytic Combustion stoves
  • clean burning techniques & thermometers
  • stove & chimney maintenance
  • house pressure planes & chimney drafts
  • Wood Stove Exchange Rebate Program 2021 qualifications for $400-$550
Ron Spreeuw is the Co-Owner and Vice-President of Valley Building Supplies, which his dad and uncle started in 1975. Ron is also Certified as Advanced Technician, Advanced System Advisor, and Wood Energy Technology (WETT) Inspector.

Biochar Amendment with permaculture teacher Ron Berezan

Link to Zoom Recording. Password: 7n*25?++

Biochar is a soil amendment with a long list of benefits:

  • carbon sequestering
  • creates habitat for healthy
  • minimizes the need to water gardens
  • creation of biochar generates heat (and thus can create electricity)
  • easy and inexpensive to create your own at home


 Composting 101 & Wire Bin Composters with Ioni Waisgluss  

Link to Zoom Recording.

Learn how to build your own composter, keep your bin safe from unwanted critters (including some bear resistance tricks), and get the most production out of your home-scale system. This session will also be recorded for later viewing.


Managing Garbage, Compost and Recycling in Bear Country with qathet Regional District’s WildSafeBC Coordinator, Krystle Mitchelitis.

Link to Zoom Recording.

Webinar includes information about:

– bear biology and behavior,

– bear proof vs. bear resistant bins,
– best storage practices,
– odor reducing tips,
– electric fencing, and
– safety practices during a bear encounter.

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