December 2019 Waste Management
Since the summer of 2016, I have been writing about various aspects of Waste Management, keeping the focus on the first “R” - reduction of consumption.
To drive the message of the second “R” - Recycling, I have quoted Mark A. Burch, from his book Simplicity, “Recycling is popular because it promises consumption without guilt. It allows the free market economic machine to continue operating with only minor adjustments…”
For the other “R” - Reuse, I borrowed a war time expression: use it up, wear it out, or do without.
My articles have encouraged optimizing the Earth’s resources by avoiding the unnecessary generation of waste. Waste created from fast food packaging, to “fast couture” - our disposable polluting fashion industry. I touched upon compostable fibres - cotton, linen, silk, wool, hemp, and bamboo versus synthetics produced from hydrocarbons with their ensuing long afterlife in a landfill. Not to mention micro plastics from synthetic clothing and all other plastic breaking down, either the products or packaging, that pollute our watersheds and oceans.
But, most importantly, my modus operandi has been to guide us through the transition at our new Recycling Depot and the Dump Closure. Hallelujah, our Dump is now officially closed.
The new trash removal system will begin December 5th, 2019 on a 12-month trial basis. Waste will be accepted for collection on the first Thursday of the month, from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Keith’s barge at the Barge Ramp, Weldon Road. If weather is unfavourable for travel on the first Thursday of the month, or it falls on a Holiday, the service will be provided the following Monday at the same time.
Accepted waste is defined as “Lasqueti Island residential waste” and means refuse that originates from residential, commercial and institutional sources but does not include Construction, Renovation and Demolition Waste, Prohibited Waste, Recyclable Materials, Organics or Stewardship Materials.
Construction, Renovation and Demolition waste is accepted by Lasqueti residents (self-haul) at the Church Road Transfer Station. Loads may be checked for possible asbestos etc. and residents will be billed the 20% surcharge for being out of region.
Please bring your waste in clear bags which will be provided for free for the first 3 months of the trial and can be picked up at the Recycling Depot. Mark Bottomley will receive and inspect all garbage. Nothing is to be left at the barge ramp and surrounding area, ever!
The fees will remain at $5 per standard bag of waste disposal and $25 per truck load. Mattresses and Boxsprings are an additional $15 each.
Happy Holiday Season and in the spirit of giving, let us all, bit by bit, as individuals, create the collective small footprint that is so sorely needed.
Thank you for this opportunity to guide.
RECYCLING DEPOT - Fall/Winter Hours - Oct. 1st through Mar. 31st
RECYCLE BC WEBSITE: www.recyclebc.ca/what-can-i-recycle
FREE STORE - Fall/Winter Hours - Oct. 1st through Mar. 31st
LASQUETI LANDFILL: CLOSED. PERMANENTLY.
RE-USE CLASSIFIEDS: post furniture and building materials at lasqueti.ca or Facebook’s Lasqueti Hotwire.
RETURN-IT BEVERAGE DEPOT: front left of Free Store. Accepts refundables: beer cans, cider and coconut water cans; boxed wine cartons; water jugs; and tetra juice paks. NO milk containers (take to Recycling). Bottles of any kind are no longer accepted. Open 24/7.
VISITORS AND GUESTS: please encourage them to take residual waste and recycling off the island. Bring it on. Take it Off.
WASTE MANAGER: Mark Bottomley, 250-240-9886, 250-333-8601
Julie Newton, Let’s Talk Trash
CHIRSTMAS BIRD COUNT
The annual Christmas Bird Count will be held on Monday, 30 December. To get an organized list of the expected species, please contact Sheila at 8884 or email@example.com. For more information about joining a group, new routes, etc. please contact either Sheila or Marti at 8879.
The pot luck dinner and count will be held at Marti’s.
WINTER CHORAL CONCERT
The Lasqueti Women's Choir invites you to come to an afternoon of music by the choir and guest performers, including sing-along seasonal songs.
The concert will take place on SUNDAY, 8th December at 2pm at Latisha, Judy and Michael's home.
Hot drinks and finger foods will be served by choir members after the performance. Admission by donation. Hope to see you there! Celia
LIP SYNC 2020
Saturday, February 25th at the Community Hall.
It's never to early to start getting your act together! We'll be gathering at the hall to shake off the winter blues with individual and group performances, followed by music to dance to.
For more info on performing or volunteering, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 250-607-7094
WINTER CRAFT FAIR
Come on out to the PAC Annual Winter Craft Fair, Saturday December the 7th from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Locally made crafts, a delicious soup and bread lunch, beverages and a bake table. Raffle basket, 50/50 draw. Wreaths and cards made by the school children Photos in the winter photo booth! Treats and fun.
Talk to your nearest PAC parent for more details.
We hope you are keeping warm and thinking about how to have a great holiday season. There are many ways to help our planet and its dwindling wildlife species and build our island’s resilience to climate change.
This year please consider:
1) giving native plants, seeds, bird feeders, and bird feed to your family and friends
2) reducing or eliminating packaging, by re-using calendars, charts, old papers, etc.
3) donating to Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy. Your charitable donation will further stewardship and conservation on our island.
We are so grateful to our members, donors and many volunteers in helping us create the new Salish View Nature Reserve. Now LINC is moving forward with its Strategic Platn to engage our membership, increase educational events, improve ecological knowledge & enhance stewardship on Lasqueti Island.
The Christmas Bird Count is coming up December 30th. Call Marti (8879) or Sheila Ray for details or lists. We hope to see you at the count dinner.
Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy, LINC, thanks you for your support this past year and wishes you a very Happy Holiday Season.
Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy, GD Lasqueti Island, BC V0R 2J0