Growing rapidly in Canada and internationally, “Zero Waste” is a movement calling for the redesign of production, distribution and disposal systems so that waste as a concept is eliminated. Garbage is transformed into a resource that creates employment by being recovered and repurposed rather than sent to landfills. There is no waste in nature.
“How can local residents, local businesses and local government work together to transform the Sooke region into a model Zero Waste community?”
That’s the burning question Zero Waste Sooke’s Open Space Community Symposium will address on Sunday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sooke Community Hall.
Everyone in town is welcome to attend and share their thoughts about how Sooke can better manage its local waste. Participants will determine the subjects for discussion in an open process, however the topics could likely include such areas as:
- creating jobs from waste recovery
- our need for local compost and yard-waste facilities
- cracking down on illegal dumping
- banning-the-plastic-bag campaign
- calls for a local “free store”
Sooke’s Tony and Christiana St-Pierre will facilitate this Open Space event. By day’s end the participants will know which community driven initiatives have real support and the next steps to take. A report on the day’s work will be presented to the District of Sooke and circulated widely in order to galvanize community action.
Keynote speaker Buddy Boyd gave a rousing talk at an Awareness Film Night screening in January, 2015 that spurred the creation of Zero Waste Sooke (ZWS). Prior to the Open Space, Boyd will share his experiences with Gibsons Recycling Depot, a renowned Sunshine Coast “resource recovery depot.”
ZWS is issuing an open invitation to all in Sooke and will extend special invitations to local waste-disposal operators as well as District of Sooke staff and council members. The citizen’s initiative is a working group affiliated with Transition Sooke. Its first-year activities included roadside clean-ups, public education efforts and a trash-busting blitz of the forest behind Evergreen Mall now slated as home for Sooke’s new library.
The event is free of charge and includes a lunch provided by ZWS volunteers. Potluck contributions are welcome. Guaranteed: Neither the ideas generated nor the food served will go to waste!
For further information, visit www.zerowastesooke.ca or phone ZWS team coordinator Wendy O’Connor at (250) 361-6965.
- Sunday, April 17
- 10am to 3:30pm
- Sooke Community Hall
- Cost: FREE
- Everyone welcome