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.
At the 2016 Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Conference, keynote speaker Owen Zachariasse profiled his company’s Park 20|20 development; with its closed loop energy and water systems, human-centered design, and innovative construction. An condensed version of his presentation aired in Metro Vancouver as the first episode of the 2017 season of The Sustainable Region
An amazingly successful Re-Use It store on Bowen Island is giving back to the community while diverting waste from the landfill. And with each knick knack sold, their long-time goal to build a composting facility is making headway.
The City of Surrey Organic Waste Biofuel Processing Facility will process food scraps into renewable natural gas. The gas will fuel the City’s natural gas fleet, fuel a District Energy System, and reduce Surrey’s carbon footprint.
Sorting recyclables becomes faster -and easier- when the information is consistent where ever you go – work, school, home and public spaces. New Westminster is working with Metro Vancouver to test out recycling bins that might become a common sight.
This year why not start a new tradition? Celebrate the season by ensuring none of the delicious food you take time to prepare goes uneaten. Here are some easy tips to make the most of your holiday feast, without eating turkey sandwiches every day for a month!
The Christmas holiday season is a time for feasting – across cultures and around the globe. But, the best of intentions, coupled with our desire to ensure there’s enough for everyone, makes it easy to go overboard – ending up with a lot of food that never gets eaten. Did you know the average Metro Vancouver household throws out $700 worth of food annually? This time of year can be hard on the wallet as it is. Cooking food just to throw it away is not the way you want to finish up the year.
It’s been a year since Metro Vancouver’s food scraps landfill ban was introduced. For the next steps in waste reduction, creative strategies are increasingly part of the conversation. Here are a couple of ways students are bringing attention to solutions.
In this episode of Metro Vancouver Close Up – students lead the way on school food scrap recycling programs, citizens take advantage of transportation planning workshops in Surrey, and art and bees find common ground in Richmond. Continue reading