Nearly 500 tonnes of dog waste is deposited in regional parks every year, and a million plastic bags end up in the waste stream. A 2011 pilot project in regional parks led to eco-friendly improvements in dog waste disposal today.
Metro Vancouver has started its annual testing of bacteria levels in the region’s swimming and selected non-swimming beaches. Samples are collected and tested daily from May to September and less frequently outside this period. Health authorities will use the results to determine whether the beaches are safe for recreational use or if they should post notices to inform users of a possible risk. Continue reading
Finding land can be difficult for new farmers in the Lower Mainland, but a City of Surrey pilot project called FarmableNOW connects farmers to land owners with available fertile Fraser Valley land. It’s an online portal for new and established farmers to find, lease and grow their farm.
Burnaby Environment Week is a week long program of environmentally-themed community activities held in early June hosted by the City of Burnaby and community partners. This year’s events were held June 2 to 10, 2018 and included a Still Creek Watershed Bicycle Tour and a Mandarin Language Nature Tour of Burnaby Lake Regional Park. Continue reading
Troublesome toasters, lopsided lamps, and bungled bikes were renewed at a repair cafe event in Maple Ridge, where volunteer seniors with repair skills fix things. At the Tinkerbell Station girls are encouraged to get familiar working with tools. It’s part of fostering a culture of repair rather than throwing things away.
What can you do with wood waste? One Vancouver composer has discovered a very musical use for discarded pieces of cedar and Douglas fir.
Two Port Coquitlam staff are out early in the morning conducting an audit of recycling bins lined up for collection. It’s part of a larger project tackling the contamination rate of recycling materials.
What takes curbside organic waste and turns it into compost and biogas? The new $68 million dollar Surrey Biofuel Facility opened in March 2018. It now transforms all of the City’s curbside organic waste into useful products while reducing GHGs.
Langley Township has engineered several thriving ecosystems for its 1600 kilometres of watercourses. A special kind of culvert on Yorkson Creek has a unique feature – allowing for easier passage for spawning salmon.