|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|
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:
|developing the plan|