Waste Reduction / SortSmart

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Winter Waste Reduction

It’s that time of year again when the snow starts falling and many people start thinking about gifts for the coming holiday season. As the temperature starts to drop, hopefully so will the amount of waste we produce. Did you know that we typically generate 25% more garbage during the holiday season than any other time of year? This year we encourage you to reduce your waste, below are some tips to help you do so!

Party Planning

Only buy what you need and look for items with less packaging for the groceries. Also, bring your own reusable bags while shopping to reduce the use of plastic bags.

When having people over plan ahead and don’t cook extra. While serving the home cooked meals use reusable dishes instead of disposable ones. Eat all the stocked up food in your freezer that way if you cook too much you’ll have room for all those delicious leftovers.

When sending invitations opt for the least amount of waste possible, send e-cards instead of paper, or if you do send cards out use those made from recycled content.

Decorations

Skip buying new and reuse old Christmas ornaments, or make them yourself with friends and family.

Many people like the smell of a fresh tree in the house during the holidays, instead of cutting down a live tree get a potted tree and then plant it in the spring.

If you are sick of your old decorations, try swapping with a friend to spice up your tree, or wander second hand stores such as Value VillageHospice Resale Shop and the Salvation Army Thrift Store for hidden treasures from past holidays.

When upgrading to new decorations such as lights, make sure to recycle them at the correct facilities. For more information on where to recycle lights check out LightRecycle, one of British Columbia’s product stewards. For more information on Product Stewardship click here.

Gifts

Give out gifts such as gift cards, tickets to movies or local events instead of large bulky items. It may sound obvious, but some of the best gifts are personal, look for the experiences people can have instead of the possessions.

Is someone you know crafty? Check out community calendars to see who is offering classes in the coming year on things such as painting or pottery.

Instead of buying gifts, you can try baking festive treats for the recipient, or make a donation to a charity on behalf of your loved one

Many things are now meant to break after a certain time period, look for items that are built to last. An easy option is to find a fabulous kitchen gadget that is simple and skip those with batteries and breakable parts.

Old newspapers and magazines make great alternatives to new wrapping paper, or use gift bags that can be reused. Also try shredding paper instead of using Styrofoam peanuts for packing boxes. When opening gifts try to save the wrapping paper and bubble wrap for next time.

After the Holidays

When recycling make sure to separate your recyclables from your garbage to make disposal easier. Take the separated recyclables, paper, cardboard and wrapping paper to a local recycling facility or fill your curbside blue bins.

Instead of throwing away food scraps you can compost it in the back yard. However, due to wildlife concerns we do not allow them at our facilities. Below are the approved compost allowed at our facilities. Christmas trees can be dropped off free of charge at a variety of our facilities.

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The Regional District sells composters like the one pictured below, for more information click here.

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Make sure to secure your load when visiting any Regional District facility and remember that all facilities will be busier during the holiday season. For more information and hours of operation at our landfills click here and for our transfer stations click here


 

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What is Sort Smart?

Sort Smart is a campaign to help you divert recyclables from your garbage and the landfill. It provides guidance on how you can properly sort your recycling and where to take it.

Why should I participate in Sort Smart?

Taking the time to divert and recycle your products helps increase the lifespan of our landfill. Being smart about how you bring solid waste to the landfill can save you money.

Where can I take my sorted recyclables?

To find the closest recycling location to you, please visit: https://www.rcbc.ca/recyclepedia/search

How do I Sort Smart?

Check out the guide we’ve provided down below!

 

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Cardboard Diversion Information

This is a reminder for businesses that the next phase of the Commercial Cardboard Diversion is being implemented. The tolerated amount of cardboard decreases and the surcharge increases as of January 1, 2018.

Any commercial load of waste that contains more than 10% cardboard will be subject to a surcharge under Bylaw 3023. Removing this recyclable item from the waste stream will save valuable landfill space, energy and resources.

All loads of cardboard must be clean of contaminants. This includes: Styrofoam packaging, plastic and metal. Cardboard should be folded to make as much space as possible in each bin. Cardboard bins that have high levels of contamination require additional time and resources to sort and may even be rejected if contamination levels are too high.

For more information, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George at 250-960-4400.

The commercial sector is the largest contributor to the amount of waste generated, almost 60%, and represents the greatest potential for successful diversion.

Residents will not be effected by this new program. The Regional District encourages all residents to sort smart and recycle their cardboard.

Phase 2 of the program begins January 1, 2018.

There are two components to the implementation of this disposal program: threshold and surcharge. The term threshold refers to the tolerated amount of cardboard allowed in each load and surcharge refers to the penalty charge if the amount exceeds the threshold.

APRIL-JUNE 2017

JULY-DEC 2017

JAN

2018

JAN

2019

THRESHOLD

Education Period

25%

10%

5%

SURCHARGE

Education Period

50%

100%

100%

INCLUDED MATERIALS

Corrugated Cardboard

Corrugated Cardboard

Corrugated Cardboard

Corrugated Cardboard

Businesses may contact one of the haulers below to determine what cardboard recycling service is right for them:

Blue Jewel Recycling Services: 250-960-8531
Cascades Recovery Inc.: 250-563-0233
Waste Management: 250-962-0369
West Bin: 250-563-2467

If a business would like to recycle SMALL LOADS of cardboard on their own, there are a variety of LOCATIONS where cardboard can be recycled.