Waste Reduction Month - Blog!

September 30, 2016

To kick off “Waste Reduction Month” in the Fraser Valley, four staff members from the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) have pledged to dramatically reduce the amount of household waste they produce for the full month of October and become “Waste Wise”. Each staffer may only generate waste that can fit into one 1.5 L jar.

“This will be a challenge,” said chief administrative officer Paul Gipps. “I expect that each one of these staff members will gain valuable insight that will help the FVRD as we continue to promote environmental stewardship and waste reduction across the region.”

Each year, Canadians produce an average of 777 kilograms of trash per person, including everything from food waste, to packaging, to yard clippings. The FVRD is focusing its attention this October on food waste, particularly as efforts are now underway to broaden the region’s recycling efforts and will soon require organics diversion in all jurisdictions. The Waste Wise challenge will require staffers to concentrate efforts at the top end of the 6R’s of waste management, namely to rethink, reduce, reuse, and recycle.

It has been estimated that Canada wastes up to $31 billion in food waste each year, stemming from buying too much food, not using items before they expire, or throwing leftovers into the trash. “Most people don’t realize how much food they throw away every day, from uneaten leftovers to spoiled fruits and vegetables and it adds up,” explains Gipps. “By becoming more mindful about waste reduction, you can become ‘Waste Wise’ and do your part toward environmental sustainability. Every action counts so we hope everyone will Rethink in October and help our region to ‘Sort It Out’.”

To follow the efforts of the FVRD staff during the Waste Wise Challenge, visit our new blog or follow on social media through #WasteWise #SortItOut.