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Road to Recycling : Asphalt Shingles in BC

Way back in May Hilary Hanna of Gemaco Sales presented at the RCBC Zero Waste Conference in Whistler, BC.  Below is her full presentation video. This is one you don’t want to miss!

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10 (+1) Tips for getting started with Recycling

Have you always thought about being a recycler, but never got around to setting up an effective recycling system in your house? Well here are 10 (+1) tips every effective recycling household should know (adapted from Country Home Magazine):

1. Find a convenient place to collect recyclable items that is out of sight. Most things come from the kitchen, making it a good spot to set up a recycling center.

2. Recycling lets you put your favorite old containers, bins, or baskets to use. Assign containers for glass, plastic, and aluminum. To avoid messes, choose solid containers for storing items such as glass jars or cans that may have a sticky residue.

3. Don’t throw out plastic bags. Take them back to grocery stores where they are collected and reused to make plastic lumber.

4. Check the bottom of plastic items to identify what type of plastic they are. If the type is not recycled at your local center, consider ways to reuse the container.

5. Save water and time when recycling cans and bottles. You no longer need to rinse them out or remove their labels.

6. Recycle junk mail or reuse it as scratch paper, or better yet, opt-out of certain junk-mailing lists at opt-out.cdt.org.

7. Newspapers, magazines, and white paper can all be recycled as long as the paper is clean and dry. Plastic wrap, stickers, or rubber bands should be removed, but staples and plastic window envelopes are OK.

8. Recycle worn-out rechargeable batteries like those used in cell phones, computers, or power tools. Go to www.rbrc.org to find a drop-off location in your area.

9. Divvy up recycling duties among family members and sort items on a daily basis.

10. Print out this list of commonly recycled materials. Post it where you recycle for easy access

10 + 1. And last but not least, make informed decisions about recycling de-construction waste when doing home renovation projects. For info on recycling shingles into roads check out Gemaco Environmental Solutions 

Recycling Council of British Columbia Zero Waste Challenge

Well, here we are at the Westin Resort and Spa in Whistler and are well into the conference proceedings. I am feeling very inspired, supported and at home with my recycling peers. The desire to reinvent, create, and be part of a positive change in our lower mainland world is alive and thriving among the 300ish attendees.

We started off being entertained (read inspired) by a group of kids from Brakendale Elementary School. They sung songs of “voices of nature”, change, and asked us to be responsible as they were “counting on us” for a environmentally healthy future.

I was able to manage the lump in my throat listening while listening to the lyrics and watching the school children perform.

We are very excited to continue the conference and share in the desire to make a positive difference in our world.

Written By Hilary Hanna, Owner, Gemaco Sales

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