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.

 

 

 

Commercial Waste Audit

During the first week of October 2012, the Let’s Talk Trash team conducted a Commercial Waste Audit of 16 local businesses.  The intention of this waste composition study was to glean information on waste habits and patterns and identify opportunities for improved waste reduction.

Benefits to local businesses for participating in this waste composition study include:

  • Reduction in Waste Disposal Costs
  • Improving Internal Waste Disposal and Recycling Systems
  • Maximizing Resource Recovery

Thank you to the local businesses for providing us with this opportunity!