Solid Waste Management Committee
The Lasqueti Island Solid Waste Management Advisory Committee (LISWMAC) was formed in February 2016 'to research and advise the Powell River Regional District on how to best implement the Solid Waste Management Plan within Electoral Area 'E''.
Current members are
- Gordon S. (chair)
- Brigitte D. (committee recorder)
- Julie N. (free store employee)
- Robyn D. (Lasqueti Island solid waste contractor)
- Dave O.
- Gail F.
- Natty V.
- Merrick A. (RD Director, non-voting member)
For questions or suggestions email swmc At lasqueti.ca
Update Jan 5, 2017: Jan 5 meeting cancelled. Stand by for new date.
Update Nov 13, 2016: We expect that the committee's term will be extended into 2017 to advise on the ongoing update of the Lasqueti Island Solid Waste Management Plan. There will be more opportunities for public input as the update progresses.
Update Aug 4, 2016: Thanks everybody who filled out the survey! Click here to see the results.
Update June 27, 2016: We need your input!!! Come to the Community Meeting on July 12 (7pm @ hall) and fill out the Survey
Update March 24, 2016: The PRRD Board has followed up on LISWMAC's recommendation to withdraw Lasqueti from the MMBC recycling program. This means we will have more autonomy in terms of what gets collected at our recycling centre and what happens to the collected materials afterwards. We are currently working on setting up new destinations for our recyclables. The recycling centre will remain open during this transition period, but if at all possible, please take your recycling over to the other side or stash it until we have our new program in place. Stay tuned for more information!
The best way to deal with recyclables is to avoid having to ship them off island altogether. Below is a collection of useful links from around the web for how to turn collected materials into local resources. If you have suggestions for how to avoid generating waste, or for repairing, re-using or re-cycling on-island, we'd love to hear from you!
Turning waste into an on-island resource
- Using thermal depolymerization to turn waste into oil
- Plastic recycling
- Paper recycling
On MMBC and the the experience of small communities with MMBC
- MMBC website
- "Coast 'going backwards' with MMBC" (CoastReporter, May 2014)
- "CRD to make up $450,000 annual rural recycling shortfall" (Times Colonist, March 2015)