In support of a global movement and awareness of Zero Waste, the City of Pitt Meadows’ Green Leadership Team is campaigning to promote Zero Waste initiatives within our community. The goal is to reduce waste in landfills while promoting a more sustainable, proactive approach in managing resources. Check out the City’s website and follow our social media for tips on how you can contribute towards Zero Waste.
What is Zero Waste? It's a production and consumption concept that eliminates or minimizes all waste. Solid waste from residents in Metro Vancouver adds up to nearly one million tonnes per year. With so many alternatives to tossing garbage out, we challenge you to participate in these initiatives to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Switch to Cold
Microfibres from our laundry are one of the largest sources of microplastics pollution in the ocean. By simply washing in cold, we can reduce the number of microfibres that are shed from our laundry and improve the health of our oceans. Learn more at switchtocold.ca.
What's Your Superhabit?
Metro Vancouverites dispose of almost 1 billion single-use items per year. That's 440 bags, straws, utensils, cups, and containers per person! Single-use items are used for a short time, but they have a lasting impact on our environment. Learn about reducing single-use items and why it matters at Superhabits.ca
Visit growgreenguide.ca for your step-by-step guide to growing an eco-friendly lawn or garden in Metro Vancouver.
Report Illegal Dumping
Illegal dumping costs the City over $30,000 each year and is a serious health, safety, and environmental hazard. Let’s keep our City clean, safe, and natural. If you see it happening, report it immediately! There are three easy ways to report illegal dumping: call 604.465.5454, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or online pittmeadows.ca/reportdumping. Learn more at pittmeadows.ca/illegaldumping.
Food Scraps Aren’t Garbage
A Metro Vancouver food scraps campaign that is promoted year-round! Learn what goes in the green bin by visiting Garbage, Recycling, Food & Yard Waste, and try out the Waste Wizard! Did you know that all the organic materials collected from your green bin are harvested into fertile compost for your yard! Learn more
Reduce Electronic Waste
Recycling electronic items keeps harmful chemicals out of our environment. Anything with a battery or plug can be recycled. You don’t need to take it apart, just drop it off at our local Pitt Meadows Bottle & Return-It Depot.
Never flush items like wipes, paper towels, hair & floss down the toilet! These items cause problems for our wastewater system and our environment. Put them in the trash where they belong. Learn more at unflushables.ca
Wipe It. Green Bin It.
Putting fats, oils and grease down the sink can cause a real pain in the drain. As they travel through pipes and sewers, these items harden and pick up other materials along the way. The result: clogged pipes in your home and blocked sewers that can overflow into homes, businesses and the environment. Save your pipes (and your sewers): put grease in your green bin, not down the drain. Learn more: metrovancouver.org/grease
Create Memories Not Garbage
Christmas is a time to celebrate our connections with family and friends. Metro Vancouver's "Create Memories, Not Garbage" reminds us all that it's rewarding to celebrate with gifts of time together and high‐quality, long‐lasting gifts. Learn how to reduce waste during the holidays at metrovancouver.org/christmas.
Pitt Meadows Community Clothing Swap
In support of the City’s commitment to the environment and sustainability, our Green Leadership Team hosted a free community clothing swap to raise awareness and reduce textile waste. Check out this informative video produced by Metro Vancouver about this innovative initiative.