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Organic Matters

The municipality takes a giant step forward in achieving the goals of Whistler 2020

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Given that a minimum of 30 per cent of all household waste is organic, with restaurant waste being up to 70 per cent organic, composting reduces something that poses as a significant strain on Mother Nature at all levels. In the end it only makes sense going back to a natural cycle that has been disrupted for decades under the "throw it out and forget about it" or "out of sight out of mind" strategies of past and present waste management policies.

A productive composting program, coupled with an aggressive recycling policy, makes a serious dent on ones impact. By my own estimates I have been able to reduce my garbage by roughly 75 per cent by recycling and using the composter.

For environmentalists it's a success story, but it's still just the beginning. Some believe we need concrete federal legislation that steers consumers towards manufactured goods that contain 100 per cent recyclable materials for the ambitious goal of zero waste to one day become reality.

Businesses are encouraged to get onboard with composting, if they have not enlisted already. The easiest way for residents to get involved is to get a small container with a lid to collect their own organic waste (readily available at several local retailers) and to simply empty it out when passing their nearest waste transfer station in either Function Junction or Nesters.

Residents and businesses can visit www.carneyswaste.com for more information.