The Let’s Talk Trash team is an initiative of the Powell River Regional District’s Waste Management Education Program.
Our mission is:
To develop and implement an innovative education program on waste reduction strategies that will guide our community toward zero waste.
Since 2011, the Let’s Talk Trash team has developed and delivered an innovative and successful educational campaign for the Regional District by:
- Creating a Compost Education Center, where the public can learn about various methods of composting available to them.
- Facilitating regular compost workshops, hosted by local composting experts.
- Holding an annual Halloween pumpkin collection service to make use of these resources.
Media & Information Booths
- Regularly hosting a one-hour informative and award winning radio show on CJMP 90.1 fm on all matters related to solid waste.
- Hosting information tables at many local events and festivals.
- Being featured on Shaw television and in the Peak newspaper.
- Producing articles in the Powell River Living Magazine on topics of local interest.
- Creating a Zero Waste Guide for Event Planners in partnership with the Sunshine Coast Regional District, Sunshine Coast Tourism and Tourism Powell River.
- Annually producing a Waste Wise Guide Calendar that is distributed to all households in the area.
- Promoting the idea of ‘Create Memories, not Garbage’ during the often wasteful holiday season in December.
Zero Waste Conference
- Hosting a local Zero Waste Conference with guest speakers and round table discussions. Check out the video of the 2016 Zero Waste Speaker’s Forum.
- Installing bear proof composters at each elementary and secondary school in School District 47.
- Conducting a pilot program to address and assess organic waste produced through the Vancouver Island University Culinary Institute at Brooks High School.
- Working with the Sustainable Schools Committee to hold an annual end of year school collection of unused school supplies.
Zero Waste Recycling Stations
- Acquiring two Zero Waste Stations (which separate ‘waste’ into Compostables, Refundables, Metal, Plastics, and Paper) and monitoring their use at many local events.
- Loaning our Zero Waste Stations to be used at local events. Events have included: Sea Fair, PRISMA, Celebration for Cultural Diversity, Blackberry Festival, Aurora, Fall Fair, Interfaith Fair, Seedy Saturday, Trash Bash, Powell River Film Festival, school events and more.
- Conducting Waste Audits of 16 local businesses, assessing their waste and offering recommendations on how to divert much of their ‘trash’.
- Developing an educational campaign targeting the Food & Beverage Industry to reduce the amount of disposable paper and Styrofoam to‐go products that are being distributed to the consumer on a daily basis.
- Investigating the best outlet for recycling used cooking oil and grease from local restaurants.