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Archive for June, 2010

Our Glenbrook Zero Waste Challenge is officially over but we are still celebrating gains and triumphs! We are on to the report writing phase of the project and collecting everyone’s stories – and what stories they have.

Take Frank here proudly holding his bag of garbage – from the entire challenge! Now if that is not inspiring I don’t know what is.

Here are a few tid bits of things some of our families have shaped so far:

– I wish we had found a longer term solution for styrofoam, particularly the platters on which meat is packaged

– We have never purchased the plastic garbage bags; always found the plastic grocery bags sufficient. Can’t avoid those at times even when we have reusable ones.

– Thought we were at the minimum and couldn’t reduce it any more. This project showed there is always a way to improve.
 
– Cut down on tissue use and compost it instead.

– The chains give you styrofoam meat trays, but like most of the world 50 years ago the butcher does it a better way.

– If you think that all the trash goes to what was once a natural site and doesn’t just disappear at your driveway you will find ways to reduce it.

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In addition to the residential garbage and recycling collection programs, the City is also collecting clean green (ie. yard trimmings) on a bi-weekly basis during the months of May through to mid December. 

The collection day corresponds with your usual garbage and recycling collection day. Containment of your greens can be any of the methods listed below and must not exceed 45 lbs in weight:
 


*Yard Trimming Labels are available at Engineering Operations, City Hall or the Recycling Depot

NOTE: PLASTIC BAGS (OF ANY TYPE) CONTAINING CLEAN GREENS WILL NOT BE COLLECTED

Reminder, you can also recycle your clean greens by utilizing the Recycling Depot or by backyard composting.
 
Current City Bylaws prohibit outdoor burning at any time.

For more information or comments, please call Engineering Operations at 604-526-4691 or e-mail // Engineering Operations.

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GREEN DRINKS @ THE HERITAGE GRILL

Come to the Heritage Grill in New West and talk about sustainability issues, have a beverage (alcohol or non-alcoholic) some good food,  discuss some of the sustainability related issues that are on your mind and meet like-minded people meeting in the New Westminster area who are also passionate about sustainability. 

This is a non-partisan meeting group and anyone is welcome who wants to contribute to the betterment of the sustainability dialogue regarding local and global issues of sustainability.

Green Drinks for New Westminster is being held at The Heritage Grill every 1st Wednesday evening of the month at 6:00pm till later… ( July 7, August 4, September1, October 6, November3, December1, 2010).

The Green Drinks at The Heritage Grill is sponsored by the New Westminster Environmental Partners who are:

“…a group of concerned citizens who work with residents, businesses and government agencies within the city, to achieve environmental, social and economic sustainability in New Westminster through the identification of issues, education, public advocacy, the promotion of best practices and the implementation of effective projects”

The Heritage Grill is several feet away from the Columbia Street Station.  You truly can’t miss it just listen for the good music!

The Heritage Grill
447 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC V3L 1A9
Canada

604-759-0819

DIRECTIONS: http://www.theheritagegrill.com/main/contact.html

Contact NWEP www.nwep.ca or greendrinks [at] nwep [dot] ca to get on the reminder list.  Come on out to Green Drinks at The Heritage Grill and meet up with others concerned about our common future!

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Queen’s Park Pre School in New Westminster is definitely doing their bit both for a greener planet and for the young fresh minds in their charge.

The Pre School is full of wonderful 3-4 year olds participating in a diverse range of programs from art, to language, to math and now to worms! Yes, worms! The pre school decided that it was time to stop throwing their snacks and food items into the bin and start a composting program – and they chose worms!

Starting this past April the school set up a worm bin for each of the 4 classes. In the beginning they kept them inside to keep the worms warm. The inside bucket was lined around with bug screen taped to the bottom and around the rim so worms would not escape through the many air holes in the sides. 
 
The lid for the inside bucket was on tight when indoors, but left ajar when outside, and no worms tried to escape.
 
At first, the parents were not adding enough paper so it was suggested to add more and decrease the amount of orange peels as well as a bit of water. 

Because the teachers wanted to show the worms again to the children when the food had been transformed, they stopped adding food, and so there is still some paper left.
 
They plan to repeat this next year, and I think they could do it in the fall and in the spring, as there is a long break for the holidays. If they want to compost all food, a bigger bin will be needed.

This is terrific and I can hardly wait as my soon to turn two year old will be in the pre school in September, a newly hatched three year old ready to paint and play with worms! Brilliant!

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The opening market is going to be great! Here is some info from the markets site:

We’re excited to be up and running and are pleased to bring you some of your favourite vendors from last year, and introduce you to some new vendors you’ll be sure to love! We’ve got a few special tricks planned for our first market to kick things off – stay tuned! The first market of the 2010 Summer Season is June 10th from 3-7PM, in gorgeous Tipperary Park, just a short heart-starting walk up 4th Street from Columbia Skytrain Station, next to New Westminster City Hall. There is free parking at the metered spots on Royal, and free parking after 4:30PM in City Hall’s lot. For cyclists, there is a bike rack at the south end of the market.

Entertainment:

Music:

  • Ron Ulrich

Art in the Park: (not a complete list; some artists are drop-in)

Community Group / Non Profit:

Vendors at this Market : (not all vendors come to every market, so check this list if you’re looking for someone special – they are arranged categorically)

Eat On Site

  • Creperie La Boheme – Mouthwatering crepes!
  • Gogo Java – Coffee, tea, smoothies, juice, and other liquids
  • Beer Brats – sustainably raised sausages made with meats from the Fraser Valley infused with local craft beers

Produce

Dairy

Meat & Fish

Bread & Baking

Delectable Treats

Local Crafters

Gardening

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Finally, that lovely time of year is here where we can walk to the local markets and pick up fresh produce and treats for our patio’s, friends and families.

There are loads of great markets in Metro Vancouver and the following sites can help you find the one closest to your home – hopefully close enough so you can walk there ;]

 

 

 

 

Vancouver Farmer’ s Market

The Mission of Vancouver Farmers Markets is
to foster community health and local economic development through the creation of a venue where community members have greater access to safe, healthy, locally produced, environmentally friendly food, and where BC producers can market their goods directly to urban consumers“.

We organize 4 summer Farmers Markets
East Vancouver (Trout Lake) – Saturdays, 9am – 2pm
North Parking Lot of Trout Lake Park
West End – Saturdays, 9am – 2pm
1100 Block of Comox Street
Main Street Station – Wednesdays, 3pm – 7pm
Main Street Skytrain Station at Terminal Ave
Kitsilano – Sundays, 10am – 2pm
10th Avenue & Larch Street

…. as well as a twice-monthly Winter Farmers Market (Nov – Apr) and an annual indoor Holiday Market in December.

BC Associations of Farmer’s Markets

The BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) represents farmers’ markets throughout the Province. To become a member, vendors must make, bake or grow the products and then sell them at the market. Farmers’ markets sell a wide range of farm-fresh, wholesome foods including fruits and vegetables, organics, specialty cheese, eggs, beef, seafood, jams, artisan products, and so much more! Watch for upcoming special events at farmers’ markets. Farmers’ markets are an important part of communities and make shopping for food a whole lot of fun for the entire family!

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Working towards a world without waste through public education and practical application of Zero Waste principles.

The Zero Waste International Alliance has been established to promote positive alternatives to landfill and incineration and to raise community awareness of the social and economic benefits to be gained when waste is regarded as a resource base upon which can be built both employment and business opportunity.

The simple technology and methods required to achieve Zero Waste exist in every community around the world. The Zero Waste International Alliance can connect you to leaders in the field who can provide your community with the models, the projects, the people and the means to help you develop Zero Waste as your ultimate goal.

The Zero Waste International Alliance will:

  • Initiate and facilitate research and information sharing for the promotion of Zero Waste
  • Build capacity to effectively implement Zero Waste
  • Set standards for the application of Zero Waste

The Zero Waste International Alliance operates at the international, national and local level and will involve all sectors of society.

Zero Waste Definition
The Planning Group of the Zero Waste International Alliance adopted the following definition of Zero Waste on November 29, 2004. This is intended to assist businesses and communities in defining their own goals for Zero Waste.

“Zero Waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use.

Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them.

Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.”

This is the goal we are striving for.  Measures of success in meeting this goal are outlined in the Zero Waste Business Principles and the Global Principles for Zero Waste Communities. Businesses and communities that achieve over 90% diversion of waste from landfills and incinerators are considered to be successful in achieving Zero Waste, or darn close.

For More Information click here.

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