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Day 334: Serious Thoughts About Residuals

This week we interviewed City Councilor Marvin Hunt for our documentary.  He sits on council in Surrey, but is also Chair of the Metro Vancouver Waste Management Committee.

The idea was that we could get a regional perspective on this whole “zero waste” thing that the metro area is flogging while trying to balance the activism undercurrent our film is seeming to lean towards.  (Actually, I think the film might be leaning towards an activism-comedy if that is at all possible, but that’s another story.) Continue reading

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Day 307: Metro Vancouver Recycles

zero-waste-iconPeter from Metro Vancouver alerted me to this handy little resource a while ago, and I keep meaning to spread it to the masses.  I think the greatest question we have as consumers trying to reduce our waste is “where can I recycle this?”  Well, if you live in Metro Vancouver, your prayers have been answered.

It’s called Metro Vancouver Recycles (It may not be the most catchy and inspiring name, but at least it cuts to the chase), and it’s a handy little online tool that tells you where you can (responsibly) ditch you recyclables and household goods.

“Wait a minute,” you may be thinking.  “Didn’t you already tell us about that?”

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Day 288: Easter Consumption

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photos credit: Darrell Fraser

Ah Easter.  If there ever was a Western holiday more dominated by plastic encased chocolate, I have yet to hear of it.

My childhood memories of Easter are of pastel colored plastic eggs, fuzzy paraphernalia (inevitably in the shape of bunnies and chicks), chocolate, and also, strangely, underwear (my parents had a practical side and took the opportunity every spring to rejuvenate our collection of skivvies, slipping them into our baskets beside the requisite candy), but that’s another story. Continue reading

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guest blogger: The Clean Bin sister says RETHINK!

First of all, I should let you know that I by no means follow “the rules” of the Clean Bin Project. I am, however, fairly conscious of the environmental and social impacts of my consumer choices, and fairly concerned about how much garbage I produce. That being said, there are some things I think are more important than packaging, and honestly, some plastic wrapped things I just love too much to give up (such as cheddar cheese and fair trade chocolate mmmmm).

I live in Ottawa, which sadly is miles behind Vancouver as far as recycling goes. We currently have a diversion rate of about 35%. Compare this with Vancouver’s rate of 52%, and Markham at 70%, and you see our capital city is in a bit of a pathetic state. (these stats are a couple years old, but if anything the gap has only widened) Continue reading

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Day 242: Where The Heck Can I Recycle That?

icon-home-0I have a great recycling resource to share with you!  It actually came from one of our readers, so we have to give a big thanks to Nicole who introduced me to the Recyclepedia.

It’s put out through the Recycling Council of BC (so yes, it’s geographically specific).  It’s actually a bit funny because although I’ve actually called their Recycling Hotline before and have their website listed as a resource on this very blog, I obviously hadn’t looked closely enough because I completely missed the amazing Recyclepedia.

Basically, it’s an encyclopedia of where you can recycle your waste. Continue reading

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Day 239: Our First Styrofoam

CB004464I’m sad to announce that we got our first piece of takeout Styrofoam on the weekend.  We’ve been avoiding Styrofoam during the project.  Actually, we haven’t brought a single bit of Styrofoam into our house.

Wait, that’s not completely true because “Work Grant” has a little pile down there in his office that came with electronics or some such thing he was buying, but work exemptions aside, we don’t usually do Styrofoam. Continue reading

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