The average Canadian generates 668 kilos of waste per year. How do we go from that astounding amount to zero? It is easy to simply feel overwhelmed and believe that what we do as individuals or immediate communities will have no significant impact. Yes, we need our different levels of government to understand the depth of the problem and to implement targets and solutions. It is also time to ask businesses and industries to take responsibility for waste produced by their products and packaging. But, each of us in our own communities has a very real part to play. And, it’s time to get serious about learning about what we can do. And doing it.
The different levels of government are stepping up in various ways to address the problem. As examples, the federal government plans to ban many single use plastics by the end of 2021, the provincial government has established its Clean BC targets, and the regional governments are implementing Recycle BC practices at our local landfills with our villages and towns cooperating. Many businesses and organizations are looking at their own practices and making changes.
This is the first of a series of articles to help individuals and families understand what the problems are, what is already being done and what we can do to be part of the solution.
Here are some encouraging actions already taking place in Kaslo:
People are using their own reusable bags for shopping
VHKAS is producing and making available reusable t-shirt bags
Events like Winter in the Forest have successfully operated with zero waste and the Kaslo Jazz Fest is working towards the same goal
People are composting their organic waste and taking time to sort waste for recycling
The Kaslo Community Garden provides a composting facility and bans single use plastic bags
Watch for articles coming up on specific topics such as Reducing Single-use Plastics, Alternatives to Plastics, Composting and Waste Audits. For now, each of us can become more aware of our own daily practices by thinking about Refuse – Reduce – Reuse –Recycle. Every small change contributes to a healthier, more sustainable future.
The Waste Reduction Committee
Kaslo Climate Action Team (KCAT)