Volunteers clean up garbage: Mass cleanup shows extent of illegal dumping

The Powell River Regional District has initiated the first steps to move as a community off the wasting path and onto the zero waste path.  Zero waste is a philosophy that many regions have adapted in response to the astounding amount of waste being generated and the increasing cost associated in “transferring” this waste.  The visionary goal of zero waste encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused and reintroduces ethical and moral components into the equation.

The bottom line is, we must all take individual responsibility for the waste that we create. » Read more

Can Garbage Be Green?

Originally published in the Powell River Peak

Think about the amount of waste and garbage each house on your block creates each week, it’s a lot.  What’s that saying? Out of sight, out of mind.  We all realize the garbage bags we place at the foot of our driveway each week don’t magically disappear.  In fact, that is only the beginning.  Once our waste leaves our hands it falls upon the environment to deal with what we have created.  This happens in a myriad of ways, the most common being landfills and combustion facilities.  Although these sites are heavily monitored and specifically design to handle waste they still have negative effects on the environment.  If we look at decomposition, it is estimated that it takes plastic 500 years and cigarette butts 50 years to decompose.  Some of the garbage that we create will long out live us.

Have you ever looked closely at what you consume?  Are you left with any garbage at the end of your day?  Do you have food wastes? Is that container reusable, recyclable or biodegradable?  Can you eliminate packaging by choosing a different product or by buying in bulk?  When you start to ask these questions your garbage will begin to turn green.  » Read more