Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What to do with Waste in Metro Vancouver

Metro Vancouver is above the Canadian average when it comes to producing waste, according to the Wilderness Committee. A bit shocking given that we pride our west coast selves on our close relationship with nature, on being progressively 'greener' than the rest of the country.

So why all the garbage? The garbage cans on the West Vancouver seawall are overflowing with disposable coffee cups every Sunday evening and the on/off ramps of our highways are often well, rampant with garbage, to the point of being embarrassing.

We all need to take steps to reduce the waste we create - from taking reusable lunch gear, reusable shopping bags, reusable produce bags to recycling all that we can. But in the meantime, what about today's trash?

There's the possibility of burning waste to create energy. The Wilderness Committee and others say this could be a dangerous move. Read more about CTV's investigation into this issue here.

For more ideas about reducing waste and using recycled products, visit online eco boutique Lavish & Lime. If you have any thoughts or comments about our level of waste production or what should be done with it, please leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you!

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