Is it Really Garbage?

Is it Really Garbage?

Waste Reduction Week is coming October 19-25, 2015.  The Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT) and the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) would like to help you deal with end of life items.

Recycling has changed in the Peace River Region.  You may have gotten upgrades at your rural transfer station, or even curbside collection in town. 

Recycling is here to stay.  For those of you that are worried about the volume of recycling and garbage you produce in you household, we have some tips to help you get started.  Whether you are just starting or you are a seasoned recycler, a waste assessment is always a good idea.  This activity will show you what you are actually dealing with on a daily basis.  Get everyone in the family involved in this process. 

How to do a Waste Assessment:

  1. Lay out a tarp and dump out your kitchen garbage can.
  2. Sort all of the items into 3 groups; food waste, recyclables, and garbage.
  3. Once sorted, look at each group and decide if small changes can help make a difference. 

When you look at your food waste, how much of that can be composted?  Your family can look into composting options for your home.  did you end up with recyclables in the garbage that you might have missed?  Maybe that jar or wrapper just needed to be rinsed off.  And lastly, what is left that is garbage?  Is it possible to make changes in your purchasing at the beginning to avoid ending up with waste?  Is there another product that you could buy that comes in recyclable packaging, or just less packaging? 

If you need help figuring out how to reduce your volume of garbage, give NEAT a call at 888-689-6328.  or message them on their Facebook page,  As the region's waste reduction office, they are available to help.