#9a Get serious about zero waste.

Get serious about zero waste.

We need to rethink how we handle our waste in order to utilize untapped resources and minimize their impact on the receiving environment.

We can do this by saying no to plastic, avoid excessive packaging and exploring cradle to cradle opportunities.

For Local Ideas on Living "Zero Waste":

  • Freecycle A grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer. Membership is free. Their mission is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling members to benefit from the strength of a large community. Visit here for more information.
  • A Freestore is now open at the Bing's Creek Solid Waste Management Complex on Drinkwater Road.
  • Used Cowichan - a great website to buy and sell used stuff online for FREE!
  • Materials Exchange - There are two Material Exchanges in the region to help you get rid of any kind of unwanted materials such as Styrofoam packing chips, five gallon pails, plastic CD cases, etc and both are free to use. You'd be surprised what people want! You can call the Newsleader's Materials Exchange at 24-50-746-4471 or visit the RCBC Materials Exchange website.
  • Please also visit our Recycling Directory for an array of local thrift stores selling previously enjoyed goods. also consider donating items to local charities and churches.

Broader Picture Zero Waste:

  • Grassroots Recycling Network - Visit this website for more information on zero Waste, recycling, landfilling, and how to take action in your area.
  • The Story of Stuff - this website is a great educational resource (and a fun and interactive video) describing the life cycle of products and the goal of the Zero Waste Initiative.
  • Nanaimo's Zero Waste - Learn about Nanaimo's Zero Waste initiatives. This site provides links to other sites committed to Zero waste. Click on garbage and recycling. You can also view the Regional District of Nanaimo Recycling Directory (click here).

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