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Too Tart

I bought myself a yummy pumpkin tart from Terra Breads over Thanksgiving. But the liner left a bad taste in my mouth. They used to use tin cupcake liners, which are recyclable. Now they are using a plasticized paper shell, which is not. The “retail performance” manager informed me that they do use compostable takeout […]

Mattress Money

My back alley is a parking lot, for more than cars. Guess people are trying to avoid the very minimal residential parking permit fee (under $40/yr). Maybe it’s time to charge for alley parking too. Then the city would have a little more money to haul away the old couches and mattresses.

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Cut Out Waste

There’s a great feature on food waste in the August issue of Alive Magazine. Here’s an excerpt, but there’s much more if you click on the link.

In Canada, we throw away more food per year than Africa produces. This figure may seem shocking, but there’s no denying the cost of food waste—nearly $31 billion […]

Trashing the Waves

Thanks to Green Renaissance for this haunting shot of Indonesian surf champion Dede Suryana riding a wave off Untung Jawa Island, Indonesia. He wasn’t surfing alone. There was a whole lot of trash along for the ride. American surf photographer Zak Noyle captured these alarming images. Let’s hope they send shock waves throughout the world.

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Packed to Go

In my student years, I once created a dresser out of cardboard boxes with a bedspread thrown over it. I thought I was quite clever making pull out drawers. But this creation is smart, attractive and a great way to reuse old suitcases. Plus, if there was an earthquake, you could just grab and go. […]

Messing Up

This is what the garbage containers looked like along 4th Avenue today. So much for the new city recycling program. David’s, Starbucks, 49th Parallel, Whole Foods – everyone of you were littering the street today. The minimum retailers could do is charge a significant fee for the paper and plastic cups to encourage people to […]

Bike Arch

The weather has been so spring-like on the west coast that I am thinking about getting my bike tuned up and out on the road again. With cycling on my mind, I came across this inspiring bike art on a blog called Bikes4Life. Looks like it was originally posted on Green Renaissance though. Artists Mark […]

Cutting Waste to the Bone

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Gibsons Recycling Depot & Resource Recovery Centre has added a new piece of equipment. As of December 21, 2014, they are now accepting clean (no plastic or any non organic material) food […]

A Sticky Issue

I participated in the Coffee Cup Revolution a couple weeks ago, an event put on by The Binners Project and community partners. I arrived at 8:45. The event didn’t officially start til 9:30, but there was already quite a line forming. Binners were eager to trade in their used coffee cups for some hard earned […]

Recycle All Your Plastics

Westsiders can drop off all the plastics that don’t go in the recycling bins at a convenient depot in Kitsilano. If you miss the Thursday, you can also drop off at Lord Byng School on the third Saturday of every month. It’s on August 16th this month. Here’s what you can bring.

Soft plastics […]