From October 21 to 27, British Columbians are asked to rethink what they throw away and how they can reduce their waste.
“We are encouraging people, in light of Waste Reduction Week, to consider the things that they are throwing away and try to find or create other alternatives,” explains NEAT’s Tammy Hrab.
Hrab has a couple of suggestions for how families can make a change in their waste habits. She points out that the Eco Depot in Fort St. John is now able to accept many more items, including electronics, than it used to, and residents should check first before taking them to the dump. New stewardships mean car seats, electronic toys, power exercise equipment, and outdoor power equipment can all be recycled locally.
Residents can also do a “waste audit” to check out what’s really getting thrown in the trash.
“Before they take the garbage bag out to the trash, take a bag and pour it out on to a tarp and use gloves and go through that garbage with the family and sort out if it’s really garbage, or if it could have been put in recycling,” advises Hrab.
Appropriate for the season, she also notes that candy wrappers can be recycled.
Also for Halloween, when the trick-or-treaters have all gone home, NEAT is hosting its annual Pumpkin Plunge. On Saturday, November 2nd, bring your pumpkins to Home Hardware where it will be dropped off a high platform onto a target. Yard waste can also be brought to be composted along with the discarded pumpkins starting at 9 a.m.