Small changes have a big impact. Get creative and try a different approach to reducing waste in your home.
To support waste reduction efforts year-round, residents can now downsize their garbage container for free, at any time of year (the $50 container exchange fee for upsizing still applies)! See the different container sizes and rates at Kamloops.ca/CollectionRates.
From October 15 through 21, the City of Kamloops will be celebrating Waste Reduction Week, a national event aimed to encourage residents to be mindful of the social, economic, and environmental impacts of consumption and waste. Reducing waste is an important part of our community’s goals in the Sustainable Kamloops Plan.
Did you know that books are not accepted in our recycling program? Borrow from the library, check out the Bright Red Book Bus/Shelf program through LinK, download an e-book, or buy at a used book store or exchange with friends and family.
Did you know the average drill is used for only 15 minutes over its lifespan? Borrow from friends, family, or consider purchasing second hand through sites like Craigslist or Kijiji. Get involved with social media sites such as Zero Waste Kamloops. There are so many great ways to save money and resources!
Approximately 2000 tonnes of textiles are landfilled each year in Kamloops. There are many ways to reduce textile waste:
• Buy used! You never know what treasures await in your local thrift store.
• Host a clothing swap. Pick a date, invite friends and have fun.
• Donate unwanted items. Even less than perfect textiles can be recycled at select locations.
Download the City of Kamloops Waste Wise app to find your nearest drop-off location for textiles and housewares.
Do you know an individual or organization making big gains in waste reduction? Are they improving product or system designs? Have they formed a unique partnership where reuse, refuse, or repair is integrated in their business? To nominate a waste reduction innovator, send a story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small actions add up to huge results. Plan ahead and bring your own reusable bags, mugs, and containers.
Did you know?
• A single-use bag is used for only 12 minutes?
• Many coffee shops offer discounts when you bring your own mug.
• Bottled water costs 2000x more than tap water.
Take the Bring Your Own pledge and commit to bringing your own!
Did you know that ¼ of the food the average household buys is thrown out, and over half of that food is edible?
There are many ways to reduce food waste:
• Meal planning
• Practice first-in-first-out by positioning new purchases behind older ones
• Get creative with leftovers (soups, stews and smoothies galore!)
• Understand best before dates. For more information on best before dates click here
• Store food properly.
Some great ways to reduce food waste: lovefoodhatewaste.com
Repairing is a great way to cut back on waste. Local repair groups are a great resource, such as Repair Café. On Saturday, October 20, Repair Café will be hosting a repair event at Restore, (1425 Cariboo Place) from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Volunteers will help repair carry-in appliances, electronics, wood, textiles, small engines and bicycles for free!
E-Waste contains heavy metals that pose harm to human health but can be avoided by recycling them at one of the many drop-off locations. BC has electronics and electrical recycling programs for:
- cell phones
- information Technology and Telecommunications
- lamps and lighting equipment
- large appliances,
- outdoor power equipment,
- small appliances,
- smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
- and more!
Check the Waste Wise app for more drop-off locations.
- Host a costume swap party. Or borrow, rent, purchase second hand or make your own costume.
- Buy treats with recyclable packaging. Small cardboard boxes and aluminum foil wrappers can be put in your curbside recycling bin. Plastic candy, chocolate bar and individual cookie wrappers can be taken to General Grant’s Sahali or North Shore locations for recycling. Use the Waste Wise app to see what goes where.
- Give green items instead of candy. Hand out wildflower seeds kids can plant in the Spring or small succulents they can tend for at home. Look for useful giveaways made from recycled paper such as bookmarks, playing cards, mini notebooks, or pencils.
- Bring your own reusable bag or decorate an old pillow case for collecting treats.
- Invest in reusable decorations to store and use for future years or swap with friends for new decor.
- Compost your pumpkin at a City yard waste site.
- Read on for other healthy and green Halloween tips.
- Take stock of what you already have! Fabric, old maps, calendars, magazines, and newspapers work just as well as new wrapping paper.
- Choose materials that will last. Jars, paper bags, boxes, and gift bags can be used over and over again!
- Get creative! Turn wrapping into a creative activity for the kids. Potatoes make great natural stamps.
The holiday season can generate an extraordinary amount of garbage for our landfills. Follow some of these tips to reduce waste:
- Give culture: Memberships for Kamloops Museum and Archives, Western Canada Theatre, Kamloops Symphony, or local art galleries bring joy throughout the year!
- Give wellness: Activity punch cards, swim or skate passes, or recreation facility memberships combine fun and fitness!
- Give time: Set some dates and go explore! Pick a few outdoor (or indoor!) spots you've always wanted to visit, and give invitations to your friends and family to explore those spots with you!
- Give local: Visit craft fairs, the Farmers' Market, and local stores to find handcrafted items for your nearest and dearest!
- Give skills: The Winter Activity Guide has great gift ideas that will give your loved ones a chance to learn new skills!
- Give again: Refurbish old furniture, polish some silverware, or find gently used toys and books that will bring joy for years to come!
- Reuse last year's school supplies that are in good condition.
- Stick to your list! Sales can be tempting but the extra "stuff" isn't needed.
- Recycle unwanted supplies! Did you know that you can recycle pens and markers at Staples?
- Buy quality items that will last all year.
- Shop thrift stores for "new-to-you" clothes. You can often find high quality clothing for a fraction of the price of new!
- Use reusable containers for packing lunch. This will save money and reduce waste.
- Eat what you pack. Allowing children to pack or help pack their own lunch will result is less food waste.
The City of Kamloops is committed to helping residents and businesses reduce unnecessary waste and make more sustainable choices. Our Bring Your Own Initiative encourages Kamloopsians to take action. Take the pledge!
- Try borrowing before buying something you will only use occasionally. Borrow from a friend, neighbour, or online sites like Peerby or Free Cycle
- Books are difficult to recycle. Befriend your local library to find good reads, borrow from a friend, or go electronic.
- Purchase high quality items, not just items that are a good deal.
- Purchase items with minimal packaging.
- Buy local! Locally made items don't have to be shipped long distances and generally have less packaging.
- Buy larger volumes of items you commonly use like soap or pasta. This will save you money in the long run and uses far less packaging.
- Avoid disposable items. Purchase items that are refillable or reusable. Take the BYO pledge!
- Look for a local Repair Cafe to help fix broken household items.
- Think reuse! You may be able to find a good (or even better quality) second hand item in a thrift store or online classifieds. Better yet, host a clothes swap party and save money.
- When buying clothes, be ruthless on fit. When you buy clothes that fit well, chances are you will wear them a lot longer.