Drain Strain (Waste Veggie Oil, Garburators, and Sewage Sludge)

Aug 30, 2019 by LetsTalkTrash

All about the strain we put on our drain...and the planet, when we flush, pour, rinse or otherwise release items down our drains. We look into garburators - the pros and cons, waste veggie oil conversion into fuel, and talk biosolids (aka sewage sludge) with a UBC post-grad (Robin Harder). How do we manage this resource when it's contaminated with heavy metals, pharmaceuticals and microplastics?

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2018 Highlights & Food Waste

Dec 27, 2018 by LetsTalkTrash

End of 2018 show, highlighting some of the big news stories in waste reduction this last turn of the wheel.  We'll also talk about food waste, a hot topic during the holiday season. Finishing off with touch on some of the new policies coming into action globally and federally relating to plastic waste reduction.  A good way to end the year indeed!

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Zero Waste Hawaii Style

Apr 29, 2018 by LetsTalkTrash

Small scale communities in Hawaii are moving towards zero waste. We’ll go to the Big Island to hear how the Kalanihonua retreat centre is aiming to close the loop and live in greater harmony with the surrounding jungle.  From using pineapple cuttings to make delicious tea, to dedicating a room to host its permannent Free Boutique, to raiding the dumpster for flower planters, Kalani proves a good test case for how we can apply similar efforts in larger towns and cities. We’ll also take a peek at how a Hawaiian music festival kept over 300 pounds of compost from the landfill by creating onsite compost piles to feed local fruit trees. We’ll learn why the team lead, Scott Layback, had volunteers sort through all the garbage, compost and recycling  at the main entrance to the festival.

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Bear Attractants & Zero Waste Weddings

Jul 27, 2017 by LetsTalkTrash

The bears have long since woken up and are even being reported breaking into sheds and houses around town.  We will hear from the local WildSafeBC community officer about how to keep wildlife wild and our community safe. 

Love is in the air and there are a few Zero Waste wedding celebrations planned. One couple will tie the loveknot without forgetting to love up the planet on their special day.

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Bear Country Tips & Zero Waste Weddings

Jul 27, 2017 by LetsTalkTrash


The bears have long since woken up and are even being reported breaking into sheds and houses around town.  We will hear from the local WildSafeBC community officer about how to keep wildlife wild and our community safe. 

Love is in the air and there are a few Zero Waste wedding celebrations planned. One couple will tie the loveknot without forgetting to love up the planet on their special day.

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Maker Spaces, eWaste & Community Composting

Sep 29, 2016 by LetsTalkTrash

This episode you'll hear how two local tech heroes are creating a Maker Space in Powell River.  We'll also dive deeper into the topic of eWaste with a returning guest who will discuss candidly about what really happens to electronics once they hit the recycling bin.
Details of the coming community compost drop off pilot will be revealed, including why compostable plastics are out of the program.

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