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
The region’s craft beer industry is booming, but microbreweries and other fermentation operations add significant quantities of liquid waste to the region’s the sewage system. Metro Vancouver sought input from craft breweries for a new bylaw that protects the environment and infrastructure, while supporting this growing industry.
Metro Vancouver’s goal to use wastewater as a resource prompted the creation of the Annacis Research Centre. The Centre provides access to wastewater where several local researcher teams are set up, helping push exciting discoveries forward.
The city of Richmond has a goal to reduce carbon emissions by 30% by 2020, while also following regional recommendations to densify city centres. How to simultaneously deliver energy to a growing population while reducing emissions? The answer is underground, in Metro Vancouver’s sewer system.
In this episode of The Sustainable Region, we’re getting up close with bugs and blocked pipes. See how Metro Vancouver crews tackle the clogging culprit of flushable wipes to keep our pipes flowing. Plus, learn how Enterra Feed Corporation reduces organic waste at their Langley facility, by using discarded food to feed black soldier flies, producing animal feed and fertilizer. (16 min)
Metro Vancouver’s waste water system relies on gravity, but some of the heavy lifting is done by facilities like the Lynn Pump Station. Celebrating 50 years of operation with a major upgrade, the pump station’s overhaul featured green themes of reuse.
In this episode, see the special event commemorating a $2.8 million bequest from a parks enthusiast, join high school students learning about eco-friendly employment opportunities, and discover how a firehall in Maple Ridge attained LEED gold certification.
In this episode, building rain gardens in Delta with the help of Streamkeepers, how car sharing fits into Richmond’s official community plan, and harnessing the power of GIS systems in the District of North Vancouver for environmental protection.