It's easier than you think to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, and it starts in your own home with some simple changes.
The RMOW is working closely with regional government colleagues at the SLRD to achieve long term waste reduction goals. There are many ways you can make a difference. Start with one action and then add new actions once you have success. We all have a role to play in taking care of this beautiful place we call home.
Collecting food scraps
Did you know that the majority of Canadian households already participate in composting activities (up 38% since 1994)? Collecting food scraps and bringing them to the depot means that you’re on the winning team.
Canadians throw away 90kg of food per person per year. Wasted food represents wasted resources that went into producing the food: land clearing, energy, fertilizer, pesticides, fuel for transport and equipment and water. A great way to avoid food waste is to create a meal plan. Organics in the landfill produce methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that causes climate change. Are you new to composting? Learn more by visiting the composting website pages.
For more ideas, visit Love Food, Hate Waste
Reparing before replacing
Whether it is sports equipment or a home appliance, there are very often solutions for something broken right in our community. Before tossing a jacket that is missing a zipper, have a look to see if there are services (or a talented neighbour) nearby. It's better for the planet and your wallet.
Buying used before buying new
We are lucky in Whistler to have many options that support the recycling of quality used materials. If you haven't found a gem at one of the Whistler Community Services Society local stores, you aren't shopping there often enough!
Cutting out disposables and packaging
All across Whistler, people are making simple changes to their routines that have a big impact on our natural environment. Need some inspiration?
- Bring your own containers when you get take out
- Say no thanks to straws
- Refuse plastic bags, bring your own
- Give experiences rather than material items
- Buy bulk products and avoid processed goods
What happens to my recyclables?
Do you have more ideas? Please share them on the SLRD Zero Waste Facebook page.