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Upcycling Design Challenge

Take the 2017 Upcycling Design Challenge this spring!

Upcycling involves taking waste material that would otherwise end up in our landfills and turning it into something valuable. Candy wrappers transformed into a new purse? Old glass bottles become a funky chandelier? The options are limited by your own creativity!

Challenge dates and details can be found on the Upcycling contest page.

Public Spaces Waste Management Neighbourhood Pilot

With the launch of a new Public Spaces Waste Management Strategy, it’s time we took a look at how to better handle our waste and provide recycling opportunities to our public users in parks, trails, and on roadways.  

In 2015, Council approved a Litter and Illegal Waste Management Strategy, which features a three-pillar approach focused on Education, Enforcement, and Infrastructure. All three pillars are vital, with infrastructure being critical due to projected growth in the Township and the increased use of public spaces.    

Starting in April the Township will be testing new receptacles throughout the Walnut Grove Community. This neighbourhood pilot will run from April to September 2017.

Why is there a section for Dog Waste?

You may be wondering why dog waste is a collection stream. Pet waste is a prohibited material from the region’s landfills and Township garbage loads from public spaces (parks, trails, and roads) contain between 40-50% dog waste. Due to the large volumes of dog waste, the Township is testing this new program to see how to better handle this material.  

If you put dog waste in your garbage at home, don’t worry – although Metro Vancouver's official policy is that pet waste is prohibited, small amounts are accepted in household garbage, as long as it is double-bagged. Metro Vancouver says up to 15,000 tonnes of pet waste ends up at the landfill every year, generating methane gas — a major contribute to greenhouse gases that is 21 times more potent than CO2. Dog waste that is collected from the new Township receptacles will be processed at a wastewater treatment facility with other sewage rather than going to the landfill.      

Why did we choose this bin?
Staff conducted field tests and waste audits earlier in the strategy. Three different bin models were tested during this time. Through these efforts it was determined that this bin model was the preferred option based on successful sorting by the public, ease of operations, aesthetics, and customization options.  

Where will the bins be located in Walnut Grove?
Receptacles will be located in the following areas:
Walnut Grove Park
McClughan Park
Dorothy Peacock Park
88th Avenue from 202B street – 216 Street
Walnut Grove Drive  

Will the public be consulted about the new receptacles?

Staff will discuss the new receptacles with local business associations and conduct on site surveys with the public as they use the new receptacles.

New Drywall Disposal Options

All drywall is now being accepted at the Langley Transfer Station. It is not mandatory for used drywall to be tested for asbestos, but it must be double-bagged as specified below. The Township encourages safe handling procedures for all demolition and renovation waste. Residential quantities only.

Complete bagging instructions and tipping fee information.

Best handling practices for used drywall.

Note: Drywall is not accepted at the Surrey Transfer Station.

Illegal Dumping Campaign

A big problem needs a bold statement! The #idiot campaign was developed to bring attention to the problem of illegal dumping. The word idiot stands for illegal dumper in our township. The campaign aims to increase awareness of proper disposal options and ways to report illegal dumping, as well as to warn offenders of penalties.

Set Out and Collection Times

Garbage carts, Green Carts, and recycling should be curbside by 7:30am or it may not be collected. It is not recommended to have garbage curbside before 8:00pm the night before. To see a collection calendar for your property, type your address below.

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