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What you can do . . . at home

What you can do . . . at work

Did You Know?

The population in the Regional District grew by 8.4% between 2002 and 2006. Ferry ridership has increased by 6% during that same period, while the number of personal vehicles has increased by 10% and commercial vehicles have increased by 9%.

  • Approximately $490,000 was spent on recycling services in 2007 (paid by surplus landfill tipping fees and taxation)
  • Approximately $1,718,000 was spent on landfill services in 2007 (paid by landfill tipping fees)
  • Approximately $536,000 was spent on garbage pick-up services in 2007 (paid by garbage user fees)
  • 27,759 is the number of people living on the Coast (2006 Census)
  • 13,893 is the number of registered personal vehicles on the Coast (2006 Census)
  • 5,854 is the number of registered commercial vehicles on the Coast (2006 Census)

How to read recycling information

This means the product is recyclable where facilities exist. Be sure you can recycle this product in your community before you purchase it.

This means the product contains recycled materials, for example, “Over 70% recycled paper, including 30% post-consumer fibres.”

Idling your vehicle for longer than 10 seconds uses more fuel than restarting the engine.

  • Save on fuel bills and help reduce air pollution. The average car, idling only five minutes a day, burns more than $20 in fuel and produces 58 kg of harmful greenhouse gases each year.
  • When your vehicle is stopped for more than 10 seconds, except in traffic, turn off your engine

An hour of sprinkling can use about 1,300 litres of water, the equivalent of 25 toilet flushes, 5 loads of laundry and 5 dishwasher loads combined.

  • Less watering results in deep roots and a robust lawn.
  • Overwatering not only wastes water and puts unnecessary stress on our water system; it can promote lawn disease and cause nutrients to leach from the soil.
  • Only water within designated sprinkling hours.

About half the chemicals in regional wastewater come from our homes.

The big bad five household hazardous products are:

  • Solvents such as paint stripper, motor oil, pesticides such as ant killer, paints and household cleaners such as oven cleaner and bathroom disinfectant.
  • These products corrode our sewer pipes and can be hazardous to people, pets and the environment.

You can make your own all-purpose cleaner.

  • Pour 50 ml vinegar and 125 ml baking soda into 4L water.
  • If you can’t make your own, use store-bought products sparingly and dispose of leftovers safely.