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Sarah Artis holds a sneak preview of one of four zero waste posters to be displayed at the Terrace Public Library in March 2011.
CONTRIBUTION · 27th February 2011
Sarah Artis
A new poster series encouraging Terrace and area residents to think differently about waste issues will be displayed at the Terrace Public Library during the month of March 2011. The four posters, made out of recyclable banner material, will be part of a larger display focused on recycling.

“I’m hoping these posters show that zero waste is a real possibility,” says creator Sarah Artis. “At the same time, I hope they make people realize zero waste is not the only goal and that any effort to reduce waste makes a difference.”

A book that accompanies the display will ask the public to submit their thoughts about waste issues in Terrace and Thornhill, and suggestions for local zero waste initiatives.

After the posters have been displayed in the library, the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine will use the posters as part of its Zero Waste program promotional display at various events.

This project was paid for by the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine’s Project Eco-prise Landfill Diversion Credits program.
5 reasons to hope
Comment by Denis Gagné on 4th March 2011
When we buy a product we also pay for the package it comes in... so we become the owner of that packaging material and it is our responsibility what happens to it thereafter. We pay fees for garbage dumping and pick-up, we simply need to re-direct that fee into recycling.

5 reasons to hope (there are more)

People may end up buying less garbage and resenting over-packaging practices that increase recycling costs. Awareness is key!

We can account for the true cost of products (from store shelf to recycling)) in order to appeal to businesses and to Federal Government to put in place packaging policies in order to save on recycling as consumers and tax payers.

Some businesses may go as far as developing their own stewardship policies with the packaging of their products, and the product itself, to become more consumer friendly... and to save on raw materials and packaging.

The transportation of goods and recyclables let us account for the whole carbon footprint of products and may also be an incentive to reduce distances from source to consumer... In our case people that means IMPROVING LOCAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES by putting a true cost on carbon and doing more things locally... that means we can produce, buy, and sell locally and stimulate our local economy thanks to carbon credits and savings on the carbon tax.

Price of fuel is going up, up , up... need I say more. This will increase pressure to reduce costs, lets get recycling and local economies organised before we reach that squeeze point, shall we?

But it really starts with consumers and our choices locally... we need more discussions on these points, but most of all we simply need to give it a "start" and then carry on in the right direction. The City of Terrace is running a pilot project, a great start, a little late, but let's keep going and find a way, that's what I am saying!!!
Zero Waste? But is the City on board???
Comment by Maggie Johnson on 2nd March 2011
Zero waste IS possible. But, if only the City of Terrace could be on board....

Currently, there is a recycling program in effect in our Community - but for a pricey cost, which is often a deterrent for people to register in these types of programs run by private businesses.

If the City could catch up to the times and pull a curbside recycling program like a # of other Provincial Cities...wouldn't that be grande?? Sure, 'would raise the taxes an iota...but, c'mon! 'Still cheaper than registering with a private company to pick up all 'da recycled goods. Perhaps the City of Terrace could host an incentive package. You know...like they do with registering pets for their annual licensing fees. 'Got a pet that is spaded/neutuered? YOU JUST WON YOURSELF A DISCOUNT IN YOUR ANNUAL PET LICENSE!

The same technique could be used for recycling. I can see it now. "You register annually with us that you'll be a committed recycling homeowner for weekly pickups? YOU JUST WON YOURSELF A TAX BREAK!"

Get my pic, here?

I think the City of Terrace is FAR behind the times in "greening" our Northern space. But, I think they may be coming around. After all, didn't they accept a "GREEN" electric car from BC Hydro? (But then again...it was FREE.) In any event...here's the link about THAT story:

http://www.terracedaily.ca/cgi-bin/show_articles.cgi?ID=6357&TOPIC=0



re: zero waste
Comment by Cary Tait on 28th February 2011
The city has to create an environment in which it is easy to recycle for everyone. I lived in Penticton years ago and it was simple...I still had to seperate all my materials and wash out cans, take tape off of cardboard and fold it but the bags and recycling boxes were free and pick-up was free!! It's got to be easier here to get everyone on board, especially for busy parents. I used to look forward to garbage/recycling pick-up day. It felt good to be making a difference and cutting my garbage down to less than one bag a week and I had two little ones in diapers at the time. I would love to be a part of that sort of program again.