qRD RESPONSE TO COVID-19
Illegal Dumping, Shoreline Cleanup & Trash Bash

This year’s Trash Bash event and Coastline Cleanup Initiative have been canceled as directed by the Provincial Health Officer and in consideration of promoting social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic

 

Illegal dumping is a problem that continues to persist in Powell River. Many items that are illegally dumped actually fit into FREE ‘Extended Producer Responsibility’ (EPR) recycling programs. Items such as bulky white appliances (stoves, washing machines, etc.), small and large electronics, paint, hazardous materials, propane tanks and many metal items all can be disposed of for free in Powell River. Please view the Waste Wise Recycling Directory for a comprehensive list of accepted materials.

 

If you spot illegally dumped trash, please make a report through R.A.P.P. (or call 1-877-952-7277 or #7277 on the TELUS Mobility Network).

 

If you have a mobile phone, consider installing and using the free TrashOut phone application to help us track local dump spots. Be sure to take the photo of the trash in the app to automatically record the GPS coordinates. Once you upload the photo onto the app, the coordinates will become a pinpoint on the map and you can then fill out a quick report. The map can be used by local governments, community groups or members of the public who want to participate in cleanup efforts. Anyone can view the map and hover over pinpoints to see the details that have been recorded. Once cleaned, the sites can be removed.

 

Want to get involved?

Each year qathet Regional District hosts a one-day community clean up event called Trash Bash. Residents can clean up dump sites, litter and beaches and drop off the collected materials for free. Participants are treated to a free hot lunch and prizes. The 2020 Trash Bash event and Coastline Cleanup Initiative have been canceled as directed by the Provincial Health Officer and in consideration of promoting social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The qathet Regional District Coastline Cleanup Initiative facilitates volunteer led shoreline clean-ups throughout the region. Fill out an application for your clean-up event or email info@letstalktrash.ca. Approved applications will receive reimbursement for boat fuel, transportation costs and any associated disposal or recycling fees depending on availability.  Funding is on a first come first serve basis.

 

BC’s First Ocean Plastic Depot will open in Powell River

On October 26th, BC’s first ocean plastic depot will open in Powell River. The depot is temporarily set up at Augusta Recyclers and will be installed at its permanent location at the new Resource Recovery Centre when the site opens in 2022.

 

The Ocean Plastic Depot will target materials collected from cleanup efforts as well as legacy equipment from the marine sector to divert landfill waste and reduce oceanic plastic pollution. The Ocean Plastic Depot will provide a designated location for these materials to be properly contained and select items recycled. This infrastructure and ocean plastic diversion program is made possible through a partnership between the Ocean Legacy Foundation and qathet Regional District with funding from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

 

Through this funding opportunity, residents will be able to drop off collected marine debris for free. To access the depot, registration with Let’s Talk Trash is required to set up a first time user orientation at the depot as well as to gather some data to help support advocacy for future policy changes in regard to long term ocean sustainability and funding opportunities.

 

Visit the Let’s Talk Trash’s Beach Cleanup page for more information.

To get involved or to ask questions, please contact Let’s Talk Trash at 604.485.2260 or email info@letstalktrash.ca