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:
Batteries for e-cigarettes
Cell phones and laptops (lithium-ion batteries)
Lighters and matches
Household hazardous waste including propane canisters are accepted at Augusta Recyclers. Please check with the scale house attendant or call 604.485.4072.
Wire Bin Composter Workshop (FREE)
Looking for a simple and low-tech solution for your composting needs? Want to learn how to turn yard waste and kitchen scraps into soil for your garden using minimal materials and effort? Join us at the Compost Education Centre on Tuesday August 6th, at 5 pm for a hands-on presentation on Wire Bin Composters. 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.
The Compost Education Centre is located behind the Community Resource Centre at 4752 Joyce Ave, Powell River. Workshop runs from 5:00 – 6:30 pm.
Local host, Ionatan Waisgluss, holds has a wealth of knowledge on backyard composting and all the micro organisms that make it possible. Come with your compost questions or concerns!
The Woodstove Exchange Program was established with the intent to provide incentive for replacing old woodstoves (high particulate emissions) with more efficient, low emissions models or alternatives through rebates. This program is funded by the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy with rebate funding top-ups from the qathet Regional District and overseen by the BC Lung Association.
Pick up a copy of the 2019 Waste Wise Guide at City Hall.
Some plastic barrels from this summer’s beach cleanups have been set aside for reuse opportunities. If you would like one or a few, let us know! Send us an email (email@example.com) or call 485.2260. Interesting in making a rain barrel? Check out this informative Youtube video to glean some ‘how to’ ideas.
Wondering what and where to recycle? Check out the Recycling Directory!
Want to get involved in a cleanup or conduct one yourself? It’s easy! Contact Let’s Talk Trash (firstname.lastname@example.org, 604.485.2260 ext 308), and then stop by to pick up an events manual (#105 – 4675 Marine Ave).
Marine debris continues to litter our coastlines. If you’re keen to help clean it up, we can support your efforts! Check out our Beach CleanUp page for more information. You can choose to organize a clean up event or simply go out yourself on any occasion. Either way, contact us to find out what items and material can be collected separately for recycling. We are working in collaboration with the Ocean Legacy Foundation based in Vancouver to not only clean up, but also repurpose and recycle most items collected.
There is a central collection facility in our regional district where items can be dropped off year-round to help assist clean up efforts. Please get in touch with us to find out more!
Check out these fun videos that offer a helping hand in understanding what items are accepted and not accepted at our local recycling depots!
Note that there have been a few updates since these videos were published, including:
- A NEW category of flexible plastics are now accepted at all depots.
- Paper lined with plastic is no longer accepted. This includes some dogfood bags, chip bags, coffee bags, etc.
Click link to view LTT Recycle BC Videos
The Powell River Regional District is in the final stages of updating the Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery Plan (SWMP); which includes more opportunities to recycle; compost yard, garden and food waste; clean up our contaminated waste incinerator site off Marine Avenue; and build a Resource Recovery Centre (including waste transfer station). The public consultation phase took place from September 1 – October 15th 2017. A newsletter was mailed out in early September, you can still view an online version. Online surveys and public feedback has been consolidated, an updated draft will be heading to the Regional District board for approval, which will then be sent to the Ministry of Environment for approval.
If you were unable to attend an open house, check out the online version of the presentation here. Each open house featured a series of display panels, a presentation, q&a and opportunity for input.
Food – too good to waste! How many times have you thrown out food that could have been eaten? Maybe it was in the back of your fridge and went undetected until it turned to mush. Or, a case of your eyes are bigger than your stomach leading to food being tossed.
It happens, so much in fact that as a nation, approximately 40% of food grown for human consumption finds its way to the trash or compost pile unnecessarily. While significant wastage occurs at the agricultural level and at grocery stores, much of the waste happens in our homes. When we add to this the reality of food insecurity in our nation, it can motivate us to consider changing some simple habits to reduce our contribution to this global issue.
Interested in a food waste challenge?! Take the BC Ministry of Environment’s Challenge – a 6 week challenge designed to help you measure how much food (and money) you are really throwing away!
Into apps? Check out these mobile apps and web tools for meal planning!
And lastly, some storage tips! To find out more visit the BC MoE’s Residential Food Waste Reduction Toolkit.
Food that isn’t edible for humans can sometimes still be eaten by domestic animals…maybe you have a farmer in your neighbourhood that might like some of your kitchen scraps? And, if the food is beyond animal feed, be sure to compost it. Use the Community Composting program if you need – meat, bones, dairy, cooked food, kitchen scraps and food soiled paper (napkins, facial tissue, paper plates & towels) are all accepted!