Zero Waste right?

October 21, 2016

Setting out on this challenge, I started to think about our waste generation. The FVRD has set a very ambitious goal of getting the average person's waste disposal rate down to 270 kgs by 2025. The rate has been coming down in the past few years. In 2014, it was 680 kgs on average. By increasing residential recycling rates and diverting organics away from landfills, municipalities such as Abbotsford and Mission have been leading the way in the region. In May 2017, the City of Chilliwack will be introducing organics diversion to all those on the curbside collection program. 

But these programs have been mainly targeted at the residential sector. This is why we at the FVRD are asking for people to give their thoughts on how and we should roll out a regional requirement to divert all recyclables and organics away from the landfills. Please take our #WasteWise survey if you haven't already.

So back to the #WasteWise challenge. My family and I are squeezing more into the jar than necessary. We have some very sweet teeth and a dentist just licking their lips at the sight of us. The picture above is 2 weeks' worth of recycling. I forgot to put it out last week. It makes me want to cry. Where does all this packaging come from? And I am thinking we really need to cut down on paper towels.