Zero Waste Cities: How do we get there?

Aug 31, 2021 by LetsTalkTrash

The road to Zero Waste is being paved, and in this episode, we look to cities like Victoria and Metro Vancouver for inspiration. We hear from Rory Took, a sustainability professional from Victoria about the many aspects of waste reduction and planning that are leading this city ever closer to its goal.

We also tune into a clip from a recent CBC radio interview by Grant Laurence with the Let's Talk Trash team and the qathet Regional District's manager of Strategic Initiatives and Assest Management, Mike Wall, featuring the up and coming Resource Recovery Centre project - located at the heart of the region and destined to bring the coastal community nearer to Zero Waste.

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Rebroadcast: Pills, Butts & WasteWater

Jun 22, 2021 by LetsTalkTrash

Move over microplastics, there's a new villain in town. What have you flushed down the drain lately? Pills, cleaning products, paint from brushes, or even bacteria, fungi and metals, maybe?  Do these contaminants of emerging concern need to be better regulated? We talk with a City Councilor and informed concerned citizen about their efforts to do just that. 

We tap into the Hold Onto your Butts campaign as well, to hear about the unexpected consequences of tossing cigarette butts and what some towns are doing to offer a safer alternative.

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Pills, Cigarette Butts & Waste Water

Feb 28, 2021 by LetsTalkTrash

Move over microplastics, there's a new villain in town. What have you flushed down the drain lately? Pills, cleaning products, paint from brushes, or even bacteria, fungi and metals, maybe?  Do these contaminants of emerging concern need to be better regulated? We talk with a City Councilor and informed concerned citizen about their efforts to do just that. 

We tap into the Hold Onto your Butts campaign as well, to hear about the unexpected consequences of tossing cigarette butts and what some towns are doing to offer a safer alternative.

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National Zero Waste Conference 2020 inspiring highlights

Dec 30, 2020 by LetsTalkTrash

This 118th episode casts some rays of hope on the future of the planet. We share highlights from the annual National Zero Waste Conference held in November.  2020's virtual conference focused on how the circular economy is already transforming the ways we produce, use and circulate goods and services. May you be inspired by the change-makers designing out waste, keeping valuable materials in circulation and regenerating natural systems while creating new economic opportunities and opening the doors to a more inclusive prosperity.

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Nov 27, 2020 by LetsTalkTrash

Is the recycling system broken? We’ll dive into the recycling bin and see where the bulk of our recyclables end up and also what they get turned into.

We’ll also celebrate BC’s first marine debris depot arriving in Powell River by tuning into an interview that Let’s Talk Trash team member, Abby McLellan, had with with CBC host, Gregor Craigie.

Finally, we'll take the Grinch out of a giftless Christmas.

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Sep 3, 2020 by LetsTalkTrash

Making Peace with Invasives

Weeds and invasive species. Are they friend or foe? We look at these sometimes maligned plants from a few angles in this episode. Aryuvedic practitioner, Todd Coldecott, chimes on their role in rebalancing both the planet and our wellness. Founder of No Spray Powell River, Lisa-Marie Bhattacharya, shares how pest management practices affect biodiversity, and finally Karen Skadesheim, talks about using so-called invasives as materials for basketry and other creative endeavors.

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Waste Reduction during COVID & Homemade Beauty Recipes

May 1, 2020 by CJMP

This episode follows the silver linings during COVID. Green gardening tips using materials from your recycling bin, tips on waste reduction through home composting ideas, and recipes for homemade shampoo and face masks (not the kind with elastic bands!).

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Mushroom vs Plastic: Who'd Win?

Mar 25, 2020 by LetsTalkTrash

Would you live in a house made from mushrooms? Would you wear a suit embroidered with fungal spores to help decompose your corpse? Fungus has always been among us and now we are more actively seeking a symbiotic relationship.  This episode explores the role of mushrooms in reducing the waste we produce, as well as cleaning up the waste we inevitably do create.

Cognitive Scientist & Mycologist, Theo Rosenfeld also shares how mushrooms can be key to physical and mental wellness during times of personal and even global crisis, like the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mushroom vs Plastic: Who Wins?

Mar 25, 2020 by LetsTalkTrash

Would you live in a house made from mushrooms? Would you wear a suit embroidered with fungal spores to help decompose your corpse? Fungus has always been among us and now we are more actively seeking a symbiotic relationship.  This episode explores the role of mushrooms in reducing the waste we produce, as well as cleaning up the waste we inevitably do create.

Cognitive Scientist & Mycologist, Theo Rosenfeld also shares how mushrooms can be key to physical and mental wellness during times of personal and even global crisis, like the COVID-19 pandemic.

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S A N D through the hOUR G L A S S

Sep 30, 2019 by LetsTalkTrash

S A N D is the most consumed resource on the planet after water and air, and we are gobbling it up fast, mostly in the form of aggregate for our concrete jungles.

We'll also dive into the G L A S S vs plastic bottle debate.  Which is better?  And why are only some kinds of glass accepted at recycling depots?

With sand in rapid depletion, we'll brainstorm ways we might dovetail our use of glass with our need for sand in construction.

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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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Microplastics - Latest Research

Jul 29, 2019 by LetsTalkTrash

In this episode, we go further into the topic of Microplastics and look at a recent study that was published out of the University of Victoria. The lead researcher on the project, Garth Covernton, brought forth an estimate of just how much microplastic we are consuming on an annual basis. Tune in to find out more!

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Maker Spaces

Mar 15, 2019 by LetsTalkTrash

This show takes us into the world of Maker Spaces.  A relatively new take on the old phenomenon of sharing resources within a community.  In this case, the spaces usually offer training and access to anything from modern tech like 3D printers, to old school sewing machines that won’t quit.  All this for a reasonable monthly membership.  We’ll take a close look into one Maker Space in the North East of the United States to learn what it takes to put one together, how members are sharing resources, and how it can be part of the answer to our overconsumption on the planet.

One member of the Let’s Talk Trash team, Ingalisa, and her partner Ben joined a Maker Space for the winter and will share what creative projects they got up to.  We’ll also hear an update about Powell River’s collaborative groups and find out how to get involved.

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Microplastics: What do you need to know?

Feb 1, 2019 by LetsTalkTrash

In this show we take a microscopic look at plastic! Plastic by its very nature, breaks down, but it doesn't disappear.  What happens to all the microplastics that are now sharing the planet with us? Tune in to hear about how plastic is ending up in our food, and learn how compostable plastics are not the answer to the challenges of single-use plastics.

We hear from two Canadian researchers (Dr. Chelsea Rochman, and Marika Smith) who share their cutting edge look at microplastics in plants, the soil, animals, and even humans.

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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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