Welcome to Glenbrook North and our community challenge of Zero Waste on Colborne Street!

We are a community located in Glenbrook North in beautiful New Westminster, BC. We 14 families have come together to make a difference in our community and in the world. We all live on Colborne Street in a cul-de-sac and enjoy each other’s company, look out for each other and delight in taking care of our piece of the world.

We have joined together to help reduce our waste collectively and see just how close we can get to Zero Waste.

We are part of a large pilot project from Metro Vancouver and are the second group to partake in this incredible challenge and journey. For more information on this program and to find out how you can start one in your community please visit: http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/solidwaste/zerowaste/Pages/default.aspx

We are committed for a pilot period of 12 weeks (may go longer). The way it works in a nutshell is as follows:

1> We collect baseline data for 4 weeks – business as usual – which means we continue to compost, recylce and throw away as we have always done. We use a scale to weigh our waste.

2> We then get down to business and start reducing our garbage. We compost as much as we can. We recycle and we reduce our garbage. We do this for 8 weeks or more and continue to collect data.

3> We rejoice in building a tighter community, inspire our broader community and continue to reduce and recycle.

Voila – the Zero Waste Challenge!

Please feel free to follow up on our journey – send us comments and encouragement and please think of staring up your own!


Glenbrook North and Colborne Street collectively.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. I found your blog through Jen at the Clean bin project and I’m so excited by your challenge. I wanted to wish you the very best of luck from the UK!

    My family and I created just one trash can of waste for 2009 and this year we plan to send zero to landfill.

    I love that you have got together as a community to support and encourage one another. My community tends to be online, but in the flesh is so much better.

    Have a great time, celebrate well and enjoy doing something great for the future of the environment.

    Warm wishes
    Mrs Green

  2. lori petryk says:

    Way to Go! Love your communities commitment to reducing your carbon footprint through waste reduction.

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