Bear Image

Bear Image

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Students taking action to reduce waste

It doesn't seem to matter what landfill you go to, a common theme is that they are FULL of unnecessary packaging, re-usable or recyclable products. Students in the Squamish Lillooeet Regional District are leading the charge to change this by reducing, re-using, recycling, and re-thinking waste. 
Students at the Xit'olacw Community School visit the Mt. Currie Dump and point out a fully functioning bike
Squamish landfill is almost full and a lot of the material is still usable

expansion site at Squamish Landfill
The Squamish landfill, located just north of the community of Squamish is the main landfill in the region servicing Britannia Beach, Furry Creek, Squamish, Pemberton, and Anderson Lake. The garbage pile at the Squamish landfill was reaching its height limit, and there was no liner in place to catch the leachate a.k.a. garbage juice, that flows from the rotting waste. To comply with environmental standards the Squamish landfill has recently undergone a $2million expansion and upgrade. Comparable to the size of 2 official soccer fields, the new landfill expansion site will have a 20m high pile of garbage in 5 years at our current rate of disposal. If you have been to the Squamish Landfill you will know that this space is surrounded by trees, rivers, roads, and homes which means that future expansions are not really an option. Whistler ships their waste by truck and train to the Rabanco Landfill located in Washington State, and Mt. Currie is looking to decommission their landfill soon as 6 of the 10 available pits at this site are full. The other landfill in the region is located in Lillooet, and it serves Lillooet and Goldbridge.

Every single person in the region throws away almost 1 tonne, or 2000 lbs of garbage and recycling every single year - times 1 tonne by the over 54,000 people that call the region home, and you have got yourself a hefty pile. In fact this pile is larger then the the provincial average. The Squamish Lillooet Regional District is working with communities and residents to reduce peoples individual waste by 67%, and students in Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton,Mt. Currie and Lillooet are answering this call.

Ms. Allen's class @ Spring Creek in Whistler make zero waste posters

So far 13 elementary classes have participated in the regional garbage free lunch challenge. Classes explore ways to reduce, re-use, recycle, and re-think their lunch time waste and conduct a "typical"  lunch time waste audit. With the help of their parents, students then host a garbage free lunch day and re-audit their waste. So far EVERY class has reduced their waste. Ms. Desbrisay's grade 5/6 class at Myrtle Philip in Whistler showed an 86% reduction and are the top reducers so far going from 112 pieces of waste to 16 pieces on garbage free lunch day. Between 23 students in Ms Carsons 3/4 class at Mamquam Elementary only 6 pieces of garbage needed to thrown out on their garbage free lunch day, and check out this note from Ms. Hain at Stawamus Elementary
 
"So you will be happy to hear we are reducing our garbage and have started a compost as well that our TA takes home at the end of the week. We have also organized a Zero Waste Challenge for the school and we are running it this week! Lastly, we have gotten the school to change the lunch program a bit - no more plastic sandwich bags, instead reusable containers, no more paper bags -  Save On donated reusable ones, and laminated lunch slips that we use dry erase marker on, instead of throwing them out!"   - Ms. Hain, Sqawamus Elementary Grade 4 Teacher

All elementary classes who show a reduction in lunch time waste are entered to win 1 of 10 classroom worm composters. There are still 2 workshop spaces available (if you know any teachers that would like to participate), and the draw for the worm composters will take place in the new year.


developing the plan
The leadership class students at the Xit'olacw Community School in Mt. Currie have also accepted the Zero Waste High school challenge. They visited the Mt. Currie landfill with the Lil'wat Nation Public Works Department, learned about waste management planning, and audited their schools waste. After all this trash talk the students identified the barriers, and bridges to waste reduction for their school and drafted a reduction plan that they will be implementing in the new year. With a $1000 honorarium from the Zero Waste Program the students plan to purchase composters to eliminate organic waste, and second hand cutlery/dishware to eliminate plastic forks, knives, and styrofoam cups in the cafeteria. They also plan on hiring student waste ambassadors who will monitor lunch time waste and educate fellow students on recycling, compost, and re-use practices for the school, as well help the cafeteria ladies with dishes to make sure that cups are returned, and re-usable dishware is taken care of. The leadership class is self producing a video on their waste reduction plan that will be released in the new year...stay tuned.

25 comments:

  1. Almost half of garbage thrown are usable or still functioning. Like for example in this blog, a fully operational bike was recovered. The more we are aware of the lifetime usefulness and segregation of garbage and devices; the more likely we will avoid trashing them.

    junk disposal london ontario

    ReplyDelete
  2. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  4. SizeGenetics is the most comfortable male size extender available. For more details visit

    ReplyDelete
  5. Phenq Diet Plan helps to Supercharge energy levels, burn extra fat, suppress appetite & start losing your weight. Buy Phenq and save with our discount offer!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Why Zetaclear Is The Best Treatment for Toenail Fungus. Read expert and consumer reviews and compare zeta clear to other fungus relief solutions.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Looking for proven, effective Dianabol for Sale without side effects? Discover premium Dbal-Max Pills currently helping guys build mass safely. http://www.dbalmax-reviews.com/

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thank you for sharing such type of information.there are very help full information for every one.keep sharing this type of information.
    PhenQ Diet Pills
    PhenQ Diet Pills
    PhenQ Diet Pills
    PhenQ

    ReplyDelete
  9. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  10. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Breast Actives
    is a 3 step all natural solution for breast enlargement, combining breast pills, cream and a breast exercise and massage program.http://www.breastactivesbuy.com/

    ReplyDelete
  12. Phenq Diet Plan helps to Supercharge energy levels, burn extra fat, suppress appetite & start losing your weight. Buy PhenQ and save with our discount offer!

    ReplyDelete
  13. " Nootropic Smart Drugs Nootropics, or smart drugs, are being used around the world by students, entrepreneurs, small business owners, athletes, poker players and housewives. http://www.noocube-review.com/"

    ReplyDelete
  14. Brain Supplements Review - Find out the best memory enhancer that sharpens your focus and improve overall brain health. brain boosting supplements

    ReplyDelete
  15. having more sex can make you live longer Male Extra pills are famous on the market. But you have to know some side effects and results. My prof review will help you.

    ReplyDelete
  16. The company that offers Testmax Nutrition is known to provide high quality sports nutrition supplements to its ultimate customers.

    ReplyDelete
  17. how to make your vagina tighter Many women also consider v tight gel after having children. During natural childbirth the vaginal muscles expand to form the birth canal for your baby. http://vtightgelreviewer.com

    ReplyDelete
  18. Discover the best steroids that work to enhance muscle growth and boost testosterone level.

    ReplyDelete
  19. We are really grateful for your blog. There are many approaches to visit the post office. Good work. weight loss pills garcinia cambogia free trial reviews

    ReplyDelete
  20. Alert! - Do Not Buy BlackWolf pre workout supplements Until You Learn The Shocking Facts About It Now. CLICK HERE for Reviews, Results, Ingredients and Possible Side Effects!

    ReplyDelete
  21. These cargo van lettering kits can be made for any size truck. Customized van decals, graphics, and van lettering for your commercial business. We make truck signs and custom truck decals for any commercial company name. More details visit http://www.edecals.com/truck-lettering/index.html

    ReplyDelete
  22. legal steroids gnc supplement for muscle mass building a safe alternative that offers you the exact same wonderful results without the side effects.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Nice to be visiting your blog again, it has been months for me. Well this article that i've been waited for so long. http://www.mapleprimes.com/users/vendeslily

    ReplyDelete
  24. Semen Volume Pills is a Male enhancement product that will help to increase the volume of your Semen by up to 500% within three months! Start shooting loads like the best P**n Stars do!

    ReplyDelete