The week of Oct.17-23 has been declared Waste Reduction Week in Canada and Fort St. John’s Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT) is sharing their waste prevention ideas and even creating some incentives around the city to promote a less wasteful lifestyle.
NEAT is lending some advice with regards to how to reduce the amount one wastes. Some ideas include buying in bulk and using reusable dishes and shopping bags. When making a purchase, consider the five R’s, rethink, refuse, reduce, re-use and recycle with regards to the product being purchased.
They also shared a unique idea as to see what is being wasted the most in the city. Citizens only need to look at the streets. The littered streets are a clear indicator of what is being wasted on a regular basis, mostly consisting of coffee cups and plastic bags.
NEAT is challenging Fort St. John residents to be active in their waste reduction, by using reusable bags or travel mugs which can eventually be used to win prizes. Anyone recognized using these products around town will be rewarded with a “Gotcha” card. Upon receiving one of these, fill it out and submit it into the “Gotcha” box at the retailer specific for that card. If your card is drawn, you could be a winner.
Tammy Hrab, a member of the Northern Environmental Action Team, also discussed some breakthroughs the organization has recently achieved. A main one would be the instillation recycling bins in Fort Nelson oil camps, something that is a first for the plants involved. She also discussed programs where car seat belts would be collected, recycled and used to make purses, as well as old car seats that will be recycled.