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No Time Left To Waste: All the Good Things…

No Time Left To Waste: All the Good Things…

By Oliver Berger Well, usually during my “No Time Left to Waste” articles you all read my venting about the serious garbage issues that plague our society. I want to say, thank you for listening. In this article, leading up to the holidays where we should be most aware of our consumption and reduction, I […]

Single-use Plastics Bans to Take Time Despite Multi-Government Support

Single-use Plastics Bans to Take Time Despite Multi-Government Support

By Erin Hitchcock – It’s not clear when or by what authority, but a single-use plastics ban is on the horizon. In July, I presented a petition to Williams Lake city council with more than 1,300 signatures, asking them to ban single-use plastics. They all agreed at the Committee of the Whole meeting with plans […]

Hazardous Materials: 5 Tips to Recycling the Right Way

Hazardous Materials: 5 Tips to Recycling the Right Way

Are you tossing your cellphone and laptop batteries into your blue bin? How about lighters, propane, or butane canisters? If yes, then you are potentially causing explosions and fires at material recovery facilities and in material collection vehicles, endangering the lives of BC’s recycling collectors and processors. There is an alarming increase of hazardous waste […]

Dan the Trash Man: Reliable Recycling Assistance in Williams Lake

Dan the Trash Man: Reliable Recycling Assistance in Williams Lake

By LeRae Haynes – Dan the Trash Man in Williams Lake has taken customer service to new heights by adding another green feature to his business. Besides garbage, recycling, glass, and yard debris, he also picks up composting. Dan Wilkinson worked for the original Trash Man owner starting in 2001 and purchased the business four […]

How Much Have We Wasted?

How Much Have We Wasted?

Part of the Cariboo Regional District’s Solid Waste Info Series: Becoming Waste Wise By Tera Grady – Ever wonder how much we have wasted? Since 2013, Cariboo Regional District residents have sent 267,000 tonnes of waste to the three regional landfill sites and, unfortunately, the amount of waste generated in the Cariboo region is going […]

No Time Left to Waste: China – Another Great Wall?

No Time Left to Waste: China – Another Great Wall?

By Oliver Berger – China has experienced a huge increase in coal-burning for power and industry in the last 50 years. The result from burning coal has made China into an unhealthy, hazy space for humans and animals to reside. China is responsible for 30 per cent of all globally emitted greenhouse gases. However, in […]

Becoming Waste Wise: Single Use Coffee Cups

Becoming Waste Wise: Single Use Coffee Cups

By Tera Grady – I was recently at one of the CRD’s smaller landfills touring a group around the site. We stopped by the trench to discuss the garbage accumulation. It was astounding to many in the group how most of the waste was recyclable even with a recycling depot less than five metres away. […]

RECYCLING | Local Recycling Reps Visit Recycling Conference

RECYCLING | Local Recycling Reps Visit Recycling Conference

  Presenting a collaborative by your local recycling representatives:           “Five local recycling representatives from our region recently attended the 42nd annual Recycling Council of British Columbia’s Annual Zero Waste Conference in Whistler. There were many presentations from other municipalities, suppliers, government officials, and non-governmental organizations to discuss all aspects of solid waste and […]

RECYCLING | Positive change at Williams Lake Return-It Depot

RECYCLING | Positive change at Williams Lake Return-It Depot

  There’s a new face, a new name, and some exciting changes at Williams Lake Return-It Depot, formally Amanda Enterprises at 232 S. Mackenzie Avenue. New owner, Phil Jang, said they do more than take returnable cans and bottles. “We’re moving into more recycling, including electronics, and are working toward taking pesticide items and paint […]

RECYCLING| Central Cariboo Disposal Services: Recycling on the rise

RECYCLING| Central Cariboo Disposal Services: Recycling on the rise

By LeRae Haynes – In the four years he has worked at Central Cariboo Disposal Services (CCDS), Barkley Baird said he has seen an enormous and encouraging increase in recycling options, awareness, and participation. “Recycling is ten times better than it was four years ago when I started here—everybody’s doing such a great job recycling,” […]

RECYCLING | No Time Left to Waste: Exploring waste management on the Isla de Chiloé, Chile

RECYCLING | No Time Left to Waste: Exploring waste management on the Isla de Chiloé, Chile

By Oliver Berger – I am writing this column to you today from a beautiful island off the coast of Chile called Isle de Chiloé. It is one of Chile’s largest islands, and it is currently at the beginnings of becoming a popular tourist destination for travellers from all around the world, especially Chileans themselves. Boasting […]

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Recycling Council of British Columbia  Hotline and Recyclepedia

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Recycling Council of British Columbia Hotline and Recyclepedia

Part of the Cariboo Regional District’s Solid Waste Info Series: Becoming Waste Wise   Recylepedia? Not a word you will find in the dictionary but, it is used to describe a service that will answer all your recycling questions. The Recycling Council of British Columbia (RCBC) provides this service in combination with its call-in hotline. […]

RECYCLING | No Time Left to Waste: New Year’s Resolutions – Littering and …

RECYCLING | No Time Left to Waste: New Year’s Resolutions – Littering and …

By Oliver Berger — Earlier this summer I was heading home when I noticed stuffed garbage bags on the side of the road. One after the other, on the left side, then on the right side, then on the left side again. All of a sudden, there was some movement bobbing around in the ditch. It […]

RECYCLING | Earth-Friendly and Waste-Less Holidays

RECYCLING | Earth-Friendly and Waste-Less Holidays

By Oliver Berger — It’s that time of year again, when we see the leaves turn to awesome golden-yellows and fiery reds, when we see the first frosts layering the Earth with crisp, sharp crystals, and when we see our first snowflakes of the season as Mother Nature blankets the land with a pure, white covering. […]

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Central Cariboo Landfill Ban on Recyclables: CRD Bylaw No. 4950

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Central Cariboo Landfill Ban on Recyclables: CRD Bylaw No. 4950

  Part of the Cariboo Regional District’s Solid Waste Info Series: The BC government has been regulating recycling in BC for as far back as 1970 with the introduction of a mandatory deposit-refund system for soft drink and beer containers. In 1991 programs for lead-acid batteries and tires came into place. Since 1994 over 14 […]

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Cariboo Regional District: Food Waste

BECOMING WASTE WISE | Cariboo Regional District: Food Waste

  Part of the Cariboo Regional District’s Solid Waste Info Series: How much of your garbage is food? The average Canadian family wastes approximately 275 kg of food every year; for the Cariboo Regional District this equates to over 6,800 tonnes of food waste per year. It is estimated that $27 billion in Canadian food […]

BECOMING WASTE WISE | The Williams Lake and Area Regional Landfill

BECOMING WASTE WISE | The Williams Lake and Area Regional Landfill

By Tera Grady — Part of the Cariboo Regional District’s Solid Waste Info Series: The garbage from Williams Lake and area, including 150 Mile House, Horsefly, Wildwood, McLeese, Frost Creek, Chimney Lake, Alexis Creek, and Riske Creek, is disposed of at the Cariboo Regional District’s (CRD) Gibraltar Landfill. Two to four loads of waste are […]