VIDEO Update: Resource Recovery Centre Project- Phase 1 complete!

Powell River’s Old Incinerator Site clean up –  phase 1 of 3 –  has just completed!
Significant changes have happened on the 20 acre site located in the heart of town (across from the Willingdon Beach campgrounds).
Watch the 3 minute VIDEO update of the coming Resource Recovery Centre’s site.
Left behind ‘resources’ have been kept on site where possible and materials identified for functional upcycled art projects. First draft designs for the coming one-stop-shop recycling centre, Free Store, new transfer station, and education centre are on their way to completion.
For more information on all Phases of the project, see the qathet Regional District page.

First Recorded Webinar! Biochar – soil amendment

We are happy to report that we are now starting to host online recorded webinars through Zoom on occasion.

Here is a link to our first one all on the wonders of Biochar.

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

  • carbon sequestering
  • creates habitat for healthy soil micro-organisms
  • 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

Wearing many hats in the community, including local Permaculture teacher, and co-owner of The Good Earth Biochar, Ron Berezan is our guest instructor.

Biochar Webinar with Ron Berezan

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The Lund Recycling Depot is open in new location!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lund Recycling Depot is open in its new location next to the Lund Fire Hall on Larson Road.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic non-essential trips to disposal facilities create extra risk for staff and residents.  Please consider holding off on your visit until after the COVID-19 crisis subsides. Residents are encouraged to store recyclables at home.

COVID – 19 SERVICE UPDATES

Click for List of local Waste Services CONTACTS

COVID SERVICE UPDATES:

CITY REINSTATES GARBAGE TAGS – June 6, 2020

As of June 15th the City of Powell River will return to garbage tags for each bag.

Tags cost $2 per bag and are for sale at: City Hall, Quality Foods, Mitchell Brothers, Save-On-Foods, Shoppers Drug Mart, Top of the Hill Grocery & Gas Bar, & Townsite Grocery Store.

No tags are required for recycling, and routes and scheduling remain unchanged.

Reminder to please have all curbside items on the curb by 7:30 am on your scheduled day to ensure there is no service disruption.

Town Centre Recycling Depot – returns to regular hours of operation – May 29, 2020

Town Centre Recycling Depot (next to Rona Building Supplies in the mall area) is now back to its regular hours of operation: Monday – Saturday 8:00 am – 5:30 pm (excluding holidays).  Please pre-sort your recyclables.  One person per side dropping off.

Thrift Store Donations & Re-openings – May 22, 2020

Some local thrift stores are now open for donation drop-offs & will also soon be re-opening their storefronts to the public with more limited services.

Donations:

Materials dropped off will be held 72 hours prior to sorting. The public is requested to avoid dropping off large volumes of donations.

  • Hospital Auxiliary Economy Shop7 days a week 10:00 – 4:00 (Drop off items at door next to main entrance door – see signs). 
  • MCC  Thrift StoreTuesdays & Saturdays 9:00 – 3:00 for donations (follow signs to new drop off door). No donation truck pick ups at this time.
  • Salvation Army Thrift Store – Not receiving donations at this time. Contact for more current updates. 604-485-2413

Store Re-openings:

Expect new safety measures to be in place limiting the number of customers in store, etc.

  • Hospital Auxiliary Economy Shop – June 1st (Mon – Fri 10:00 – 4:00)
  • MCC Thrift Store – May 26th (Mon – Sat 9:00 – 3:00)
  • Salvation Army Thrift Store – Still assessing re-opening strategy. Contact for more current updates.

Recycling at Staples Stores – May 15, 2020

Staples has suspended all its recycling programs due to considerations regarding public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staples recycling programs include, but may not be exclusive to: pens, highlighters, mechanical pencils, markers, and ink cartridges.  Please contact Staples for the most up to date information.

Medication Returns – April 21, 2020

Some pharmacies are pausing their medication return program. Currently, these include: Shopper’s, Save On Foods, and Rexall. Please check in with your pharmacy prior to drop off.

Compost Education Centre – Temporarily Closed – April 9, 2020

The Compost Education Centre (located in the community gardens behind the Community Resource Centre) is no longer open to the public for food scraps drop off.  Free food and yard and garden drop offs for volumes less that 20 pounds is still available at the Town Centre Recycling Depot across the parking lot from the CEC.  Loads up to 2 yards (excluding invasive species) can also be dropped off at Sunshine Disposal at 4484 Franklin Avenue (Wed, Fri, & Sat 10-4).

qathet Regional District MEDIA RELEASE: Recycling & Waste Facilities- March 27, 2020

Media Release re: qRD Recycling & Waste Facilities updates as of March 27, 2020.

SUNCOAST BOTTLE DEPOT (Return-It Program)- March 26th, 2020

There have been changes in depot operating hours:

Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 3:00 pm

Visit SunCoast Bottle Depot website for updates.

MEDICAL WASTE – in GARBAGE ONLY – March 26th, 2020

  • Ensure medical waste and products like used tissues, disinfecting wipes, face masks and rubber gloves are placed in the GARBAGE ONLY
  • Ensure that ALL GARBAGE items are bagged, and not loose.

RECYCLING DEPOT SAFETY: Additional Considerations – March 26th, 2020

BEFORE YOU GO TO A qRD WASTE OR RECYCLING FACILITY:

  • Do NOT visit a facility if you are feeling unwell, experiencing flu-like symptoms or have potentially been exposed to the coronavirus.
  • Consider if your trip is absolutely essential, or if it can wait.
  • If you have access to curbside collection, please use that service and do not go to recycling depots or waste facilities unless absolutely necessary.
  • Pre-sort your recycling to limit time spend on site.
  • Customers must observe social distancing while on site.

Please be patient as these measures are put in place to keep all residents, staff and contractors safe.

Recycle BC: No tissues, Disinfecting Wipes, Face Masks, Rubber Gloves, etc – March 26th, 2020

Recycle BC, the non-profit that manages curbside recycling, and the packaging and printed paper streams at recycling depots is asking for the following safety measures:

  • Ensure medical waste and products like used tissues, disinfecting wipes, face masks and rubber gloves are NOT included in your recycling bins or dropped off at recycling depots.
  • Use local garbage collection provider for proper disposal methods of the above items (bagged, not loose).

Stay current with Recycle BC COVID-19 updates here.

Lasqueti Island FREE STORE CLOSED – March 26th, 2020

Please refrain from dropping off any materials at the Lasqueti Island Free Store, as it is temporarily closed.

THRIFT STORES CLOSED – NO STORE DONATIONS Effective March 25th, 2020

MCC Thrift Store, the Salvation Army Thrift Store, and the Hospital Auxiliary (Economy Shop) have all closed and are not accepting donations.  Please store donations at home for the time being.

CURBSIDE COMPOST PILOT PROJECT SUSPENDED – Effective Monday, March 30th 

Residents involved in the curbside compost pilot project will no longer receive this service as of Monday, March 30th. Your Organics bin can be used to store garbage and roll to curb for curbside garbage collection.
Compost drop-off is still permitted at Town Centre Recycling Depot (keep volumes under 20 pounds). Please maintain distance from staff. No tissues or other materials that have had contact with human fluid, please.

WET WIPES in GARBAGE – City of Powell River Press Release March 23rd, 2020

Residents using wet wipes (sanitizers, baby wipes, etc) are asked to place them in the garbage.  Do not flush wet wipes. The City of Powell River has pulled three sewage system pumps for cleaning since the COVID-19 emergency began escalating because wet-wipes had plugged them up, according to Infrastructure Services Director, Tor Birtig. Click here for Press Release. Let’s Talk Trash Peak article (December ’19)

AUGUSTA RECYCLERS CHANGES starting March 20th, 2020

Effective immediately, Augusta Recyclers recycling depot has closed until further notice. All other operations and services including garbage, and yard and garden disposal are open. (Debit and Credit Card only, no cash as of March 24th).

GARBAGE BAG TAG CHANGES announced March 19th, 2020

City Resident Curbside Garbage Pick-Up: The first two garbage bags (per each scheduled pick up day) from single-family households do not require a bag tag. 

RECYCLING DEPOT CHANGES starting March 20th, 2020

All regional district recycling depots remain open, but residents are now allowed in only one at a time. Staff will monitor from outside. To avoid lines, city residents are encouraged to use their curbside recycling pick-up service. More details below.

Town Centre Recycling Depot:
New Hours: Monday – Saturday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Only one person (per side) allowed in depot at a time.
One staff member only. Staff will monitor from outside depot.

All Other Rural Recycling Depots:
(Black Point, Van Anda, Gilles Bay, Tla’amin, & Lund)
Hours: No change.
Only one person allowed in depot at a time.
One staff member only. Staff will monitor from outside depot.

To avoid lines at depots, city residents should access the free curbside recycling pick-up service for all container and paper/cardboard recycling. Refer to the Waste Wise Guide 2020 for details, and information about other recyclables.

Sign up for email, text message, or voicemail notifications for:
– curbside recycling & garbage pick-up (City Residents only), and
– alerts on service interruptions, depot changes, and solid waste events (City and Rural Residents).

Contact Augusta Recyclers for changes or updates to their recycling depot & other services.

COVID-19 – Waste Services CONTACTS

 

Click here for COVID-19 Service Change UPDATES

 

 

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Let’s Talk Trash recognizes there could be alterations to the region’s waste management services. We will be using this website and our social media page primarily to communicate our updates. During this time, Let’s Talk Trash may be operating reduced office hours as we work more from home, but are still available at info@LetsTalkTrash.ca and 604-485-2260 (ext 308).

Sign up online for email, text message, or voicemail notifications for:

City Curbside Garbage/Recycling, and Curbside Compost Pilot Project,

and/or Recycling Depot updates and other waste management services alerts. Scroll down to ‘My Schedule.’

Other Waste Management Service updates or safety considerations for the region should be accessible through the following websites (and/or through related social media and other listed contact information). Refer to the 2020 Waste Wise Guide for more local resources.
  • City of Powell River – Curbside Garbage, Curbside Recycling, Curbside Pilot Composting Project, etc.
  • qathet Regional District – Recycling Depots, Compost Pilot Drop Off, etc.
  • Recycle BC – packaging & printed paper recycling program.
  • Sunshine Disposal & Recycling – Private Garbage & Recycling Pick Up, Yard & Food Waste Drop Off, BC Used Oil program, etc.
  • Augusta Recyclers – Yard Waste Drop Off, Garbage Self-Haul, Construction & Demolition Waste, Drop Off Recycling, Scrap Metal, etc.
  • Let’s Talk Trash – Zero Waste Events, Shoreline Clean Ups, Illegal Dumping, Wood Stove Exchange Program, Compost Education Centre, Waste Reduction Workshop, etc.

Please contact us with your questions.

Abby McLennan, Tai Uhlmann, & Ingalisa Burns (Let’s Talk Trash team)

NOTICE: SOLID WASTE TIPPING FEE INCREASE

Effective January 1, 2020 the tipping fee for qathet Regional District Municipal Solid Waste will increase to $230/tonne.

The minimum charge of $5.00 will continue for all waste loads less than 21.5 kg.

“qRD Municipal Solid Waste” means refuse that originates from residential, commercial and institutional sources but does not include Construction, Renovation and Demolition Waste, Prohibited Waste, Recyclable Materials or Stewardship Materials.

“Construction, Renovation and Demolition Waste” means waste produced from the construction, renovation, and demolition of buildings, and other structures and may include, but is not limited to asphalt, bricks, concrete, roofing materials, wood, plumbing and electrical components.

 “Prohibited Waste” means gaseous, liquid or solid waste prohibited from disposal and may include, but is not limited to asbestos containing materials, propane canisters, waste oil or petroleum by-products.

“Stewardship Materials” means any waste or recyclable materials in an approved stewardship plan as defined in the Recycling Regulation of the Environmental Management Act (B.C. Reg. 284/2016) and may include, but is not limited to paint, batteries, electronics, waste oil, residential packaging and paper product.

All qathet Regional District Recycling Depots offer collection programs for batteries, cellphones, cork, pens and markers and clean garbage bags.  In addition, the Town Centre Recycling depot collects food scraps and yard waste and small household electronics.  The Tla’amin depot is now collecting food scraps and yard waste.

Authorized by the qathet Regional District Bylaw 532, 2018.  For more information on Bylaw 532 please visit qathet.ca

Waste Reduction Tips

Want to reduce waste at your home or office? Here’s how:

Love Food Hate Waste.  Food waste is an urgent, but solvable, global challenge. One third of all food produced globally is wasted.  To put that in perspective, every day in Canada we waste:

  • 470,000 heads of lettuce,
  • 1,200,000 tomatoes,
  • 2,400,000 potatoes,
  • 750,000 loaves of bread,
  • 1,225,000 apples,
  • 555,000 bananas,
  • 1,000,000 cups of milk
  • 450,000 eggs

Food isn’t garbage and keeping food out of the garbage is good for our environment and our pocketbooks.  For the average Canadian household our wasteful habits amount to 140 kilograms of wasted food per year – at a cost of more than $1,100 per year!

Want to know how to make food go further and waste less?

Check out Love Food Hate Waste for great tips on meal planning, recipes for using up food before it expires and how to keep things fresh.  lovefoodhatewaste.ca

Compost.  Composting food scraps and yard trimmings reduces the volume of garbage being sent to landfills, cuts down on greenhouse gases and creates composted soil product for farms and gardens.  Composting is also a cost savings opportunity On average food scraps make up 40% or more of the waste stream.  By diverting food scraps out of the garbage, you can save money on disposal fees.
Here’s where to compost food scraps and yard waste for FREE:

  • Town Centre Recycling Depot (in the parking lot area behind RONA).
    Drop-off during hours of operation only (Monday-Saturday 8:00am-5:30pm). Loads must be under 50L/20 lbs
  • Tla’amin Recycling Depot (Near Salish Centre 4885 Hwy 101). Drop-off during hours of operation only (Tuesday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm).
    Loads must be under 50L/20 lbs
  • Loads over 50L/20lbs must be taken directly to Sunshine Disposal and Recycling Wednesday and Saturday ONLY 10:00am-4:00pm at 4484 Franklin Ave. Maximum load is 2 yards.

 

 

 

 

Say No to Single Use Items.  It’s time to go beyond “bring your own bag” and add metal straw, reusable cup, metal or wood utensils and to-go ware for leftovers and so much more.  You can have a great cup of coffee without using a single serve coffee pod or paper to-go cup with a lid.  even if you only buy one takeaway coffee a week, that’s still 52 disposable cups gone to waste over a year.  Say no to plastic produce bags.  What are we worried about? That our apples won’t get along with our broccoli during the trip home? Or is it that the produce will get dirty? Hey, it grew in the dirt, and we’re going to wash it anyway, right? At the grocery store, you can put produce directly into your cart and then into your reusable basket or bag. Check out 100 tips to a plastic free life at https://myplasticfreelife.com/plasticfreeguide/

Give up shampoo in plastic bottles. There are several plastic-free options:
The No-Poo method uses a baking soda & water wash and an apple cider vinegar rinse.
If No-Poo seems too hard-core, there are solid shampoo bars you can use that both shampoo and condition your hair plastic free.

Make every Lunch a Zero Waste Lunch.  If you are packing a lunch for work or play pack it in a reusable container with your cutlery, reusable water bottle and cloth napkin (just to be extra classy).  Try natural beeswax coated cloth wraps instead of plastic cling film which you can purchase or make yourself! Click here for the DIY version.

Join the slow Fashion Movement.  Slow fashion promotes a more ethical and sustainable way of living and consuming. It encompasses the whole range of ‘‘sustainable,’’ ‘‘eco,’’ ‘‘green,’’ and ‘‘ethical’’ fashion movement. This movement is practiced through clothing swaps, borrowing or renting clothes, buying vintage, redesigning old clothes, shopping from smaller producers, making clothes and accessories at home and buying garments that last longer and are made with natural fibres with sustainable processes and dyes.

Drink Tap Water.  Around the world, one million plastic bottles are bought every minute. This figure is expected to increase by 20% by 2021. In Canada, most communities have access to high quality drinking water– and it’s from our taps.  Fill your water bottle at home and on the go.  If you are a local business or facility join the Refill Revolution. All you have to do is put a put up a sticker or poster inviting people to come refill their empty water bottle at your establishment.  Make your business an agent for change.

To learn more about the Refill Revolution or to start a local Revolution in Powell River check out refill.org.uk or info@letstalktrash.ca  We have some stickers to give away.

 

 

 

SAFETY & RECYCLING

Attention Recyclers! 
There is an alarming rise in the number of explosive and hazardous materials British Columbia residents are placing in their recycling bins. Recycle BC post-collection processors have seen an increase in fires in 2019, with several of them having endangered lives and forced the temporary closure of facilities.

Hazardous waste like propane canisters, lithium-ion batteries included in cell phones and laptops, and other items can catch fire or explode during the recycling process, turning a regular household item into a deadly weapon. In fact, last year in North America, there were 365 fires, 113 injuries. 3 deaths reported.

Hazardous items like these can cause serious harm to recycling staff and facilities. Ensure they don’t end up in your recycling bin:
Propane canisters
Needles
Flammable liquids
Helium tanks
Knives
Flares
Electronics
Batteries for e-cigarettes
Cell phones and laptops (lithium-ion batteries)
Butane canisters
Bear spray
Ammunition
Lighters and matches
Household batteries
Paint
Household hazardous waste including propane canisters are accepted at Augusta Recyclers. Please check with the scale house attendant or call 604.485.4072.

 

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