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Don't dump it

Officials with the regional district want people to rethink about what they taking to the local landfill.

Spring is a busy time at the Regional District of North Okanagan’s (RDNO) landfills.

The RDNO is an advocate of rethinking consumption, reducing waste, and reusing items and they are encouraging people to commit to these principles.

Less waste ends up in our landfills, and reusable items get a second life.

“You can reduce your waste by considering ways that your unwanted household items could be reused,” said Darren Murray, environmental co-ordinator, RDNO. “For instance, the Sustainable Environmental Network Society is promoting Curbside Give Away weekend on May 25-26 which is a great opportunity for residents to keep usable items out of landfills and instead have them treasured by other residents in the community.”

For more information on this initiative, check out www.sensociety.org.

Holding garage sales, or donating items in good, reusable condition to thrift stores serves a similar purpose.

Instead of dropping off yard and garden waste for composting at the landfill, skip the drive and the wait by starting a backyard compost.

The RDNO also offers a $30 rebate on home-composting systems.

Some tips to reduce waste include:

  • Avoiding products that are single use or disposable. Take small steps such as bringing reusable coffee cups out with you or keeping a reusable container in your car to pack out leftovers when you eat out. 
  • Rethinking before each purchase. Ask yourself, “do I really need this item?” It can save you money, time and clutter.
  • Considering quality products that are durable and long lasting; these products might cost more upfront, but over time they may save you money, especially if you take good care of them. 
  • Repairing items that are no longer in use because they are damaged or not working. A great thing about quality products is that often, repair options are more feasible and available.


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