"Love This Place, Reduce This Waste" set for May 13

How can we keep things green and clean in Lillooet?

Multiple answers to that question will be provided Saturday, May 13 at “Love This Place, Reduce This Waste.”

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The event will be held on the REC Centre lawn from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Love This Place, Reduce This Waste” is the brainchild of Lillooet Mayor Marg Lampman and is sponsored by The District of Lillooet.

“We want to bring awareness to the community of what can be recycled at the landfill and at places around town,” Mayor Lampman told the News. “The more we can divert from our landfill, the longer our landfill is going to last. With the way things are and will be in the future, landfills will not be approved. There will be different ways of handling waste materials and we need to start becoming more aware of everything you can take up there to the landfill and it doesn’t cost you anything to do it.”

She said participants would include:

      -     the District of Lillooet

-       the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, which owns the Lillooet Landfill and delivers recycling, composting and waste reduction services within its service areas, with a goal of one day achieving Zero Waste. The mayor said the SLRD  will be distributing free countertop kitchen composting buckets at the event.

-        Encorp Pacific, a non-for-profit corporation which focuses on managing and recycling beverage containers, ensuring they are not land-filled or incinerated

-       Recycle BC (formerly Multi-Material BC), the non-profit organization responsible for residential packaging and printed paper recycling throughout the province. Its mandate is to promote recycling best practices and the environmental benefits of recycling to residents through education. Its Managing Director is Lillooet resident Allen Langdon.

-       ElectroRecycle will have a truck on hand to accept items for recycling. Mayor Lampman said, “They’ll take all the small household appliances you don’t want anymore.”

-       LAFS (Lillooet Agriculture and Food Society) will be talking about soils and gardening because gardening is another recycling method.

-       Xwisten (Bridge River Band) will be demonstrating bear-proof garbage containers and taking orders for the items.

-       Uxwalmixw will be providing information on composting

-       The Lillooet Regional Invasive Species Society will have information on invasives.

The Lillooet Lions Club’s food truck will be on site selling snacks and beverages.

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