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Zero Waste Canada responds to China’s import ban

January 3, 2018

Zero Waste Canada (ZWC), a British Columbia, Canada-based nonprofit organization focused on responsible resource management and policies, has issued a response to recent announcements out of China related to its import ban on certain grades of scrap paper and plastic materials, citing the move as a “wake-up call.”

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The Thursday news briefing: An at-a-glance survey of some top stories

December 29, 2017

TRASH IS A CANADIAN CHRISTMAS TRADITION: Canadians will send 100,000 elephants worth of wrapping paper to the dump this year and Christmas presents are a big culprit.

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How much Christmas wrapping paper, tape and gift bags do Canadians throw out each year?

December 29, 2017

Statistics Canada shows in 2014 — the most recent year for which Canadian data is available — more than 25 million tonnes of waste ended up in Canadian landfills.

Garbage produced from residential sources climbed 18 per cent since 2002, while business and industrial sources declined three per cent.

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Trash is a Canadian Christmas tradition

December 28, 2017

In 2014, Canadians generated more than 700 kilograms of garbage per person, far higher than the 520 kilograms averaged by OECD nations. Japan, which has the best record among OECD nations, produces less than half that.

Alberta produces the most waste per person, at almost 1,000 kilograms per year. Nova Scotia produces the least at less than 400 kilograms per person.

The OECD blames Canada’s garbage habit on the low cost of landfills and the lack of significant financial incentives to recycle or compost.

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Trash is a Canadian Christmas tradition

December 28, 2017

Canadians will send 100,000 elephants worth of wrapping paper to the dump this year and Christmas presents are a big culprit.

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Canadians will throw out 540,000 tonnes of wrapping paper and gift bags this Christmas season

December 28, 2017

Zero Waste Canada, a Vancouver-based advocacy group, estimates each Canadian tosses about 50 kilograms of garbage over the holidays, 25 per cent more than the rest of the year.

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Canadians to toss 540,000 tonnes of wrapping paper, gift bags this year: advocacy group

December 26, 2017

Zero Waste Canada, a Vancouver-based advocacy group, estimates each Canadian tosses about 50 kilograms of garbage over the holidays, 25 per cent more than the rest of the year, thanks to the purchase of 3,000 tonnes of foil, 2.6 billion Christmas cards and six millions rolls of tape.

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You're doing it wrong! Why opening presents harms the Earth

December 22, 2017

We are a nation of wasters. The average Canadian family sends 25-45% more waste to the landfill over the holiday season. Zero Waste Canada reports that every person will throw away an average of 110 lbs. of garbage this holiday season.

Bolt Across Canada concludes in Delta

September 7, 2017

Recycling advocates Buddy Boyd and Barb Hetherington say their Bolt Across Canada road trip has re-energized their commitment to zero waste. The Gibsons couple set out from Victoria on July 1 with their final stop in Delta at the end of August.

Buddy and Barb back from Bolt Across Canada

August 31, 2017

Zero waste advocates Buddy Boyd and Barb Hetherington say their Bolt Across Canada road trip has re-energized their commitment to zero waste and shown them that individual Canadians are adopting zero waste ideals even if their governments aren’t quite there yet.

Electric vehicle makes final charging stop in Hope after coast-to-coast trip

August 24, 2017

A couple and their dog have made their final charging stop in their to-and-fro trip across Canada in their electric car. Barb Hetherington and Buddy Boyd, along with their dog, Piper, spent about six weeks travelling from Gibsons to St. John’s and then back.

Couple’s electric road trip brings them to Castlegar

August 24, 2017

A Gibsons couple who crossed Canada in an electric car stopped in Castlegar on their way back home. Barb Hetherington, Buddy Boyd and their dog Piper began their journey across the country on July 1, dipping their Chevy Bolt’s wheels in the Pacific Ocean in Victoria, B.C.

Driving across Canada to promote zero-waste

August 24, 2017

On July 1, Buddy Boyd and Barbara Hetherington started their ‘Bolt Across Canada’ trip, to show that zero-waste travel is possible.

B.C. couple on zero waste, coast-to-coast electric car road trip stop in Windsor

August 4, 2017

For many, the August long weekend is the perfect time for a long drive. But one B.C. couple’s journey is not your average summer road trip. Buddy Boyd and Barb Hetherington have driven their fully-electric Chevrolet Bolt all the way to Newfoundland.

Talking with tourists: B.C. couple and dog conquer cross-Canada drive in fully electric car

July 27, 2017

Even smaller communities like Port aux Basques have upgraded facilities to accommodate electric vehicles and environmentally-conscientious tourists. This has made this trip both attractive and possible.

From Victoria to Quidi Vidi

July 22, 2017

Buddy Boyd and his partner Barb Hetherington finished a drive across the country Saturday afternoon by dipping the wheels of their car into the Atlantic on the slipway at Quidi Vidi Village.

Le Canada aller-retour en véhicule électrique

July 18, 2017

Un couple de la Colombie-Britannique traverse le Canada aller-retour en véhicule électrique dans le but de démontrer qu’il est possible de faire un aussi long voyage à travers le pays. L’aventure devrait leur coûter 200 $ en déplacements.

Depuis qu’ils ont commencé leur voyage, Buddy Boyd et Barb Hetherington s’arrêtent un peu partout sur leur passage et rencontrent des propriétaires de véhicules électriques ou des curieux.

Couple doing cross-country road trip in an electric car

July 18, 2017

“Just because the municipality gave you a wheelie cart for your compost and recyclables, ask yourself what is the carbon footprint savings if you have to have these trucks pick it up and cart it places?” asked Buddy Boyd, who has worked in waste management for 40-years, from driving garbage trucks to management positions.

“We are trying to educate people to see we are the solution, be the solution. So shop differently, refuse a straw, bring a reusable cup to Starbucks. Collectively, we can really make a difference as opposed to waiting for someone to come and fix the mess we made.”

Charged up to cross Canada

July 11, 2017

A British Columbia couple is getting a charge driving across Canada in their electric car.

Buddy Boyd and Barb Hetherington, joined by their rescue dog Piper, want Canadians to know a major trip such as a cross-country trek can be done with a vehicle such as their Chevy Bolt.

Sunshine Coast couple Bolts across Canada

July 9, 2017

Buddy Boyd’s Chevrolet Bolt is a modern-day electric camel, carrying his family across Canada’s expanse from charging oasis to oasis.

“There are a few spots in the Prairies and Northern Ontario that have us a little worried, where it’s a long way between chargers,” he said.

Gibsons residents Boyd, Barb Hetherington and their 38-kilogram dog Piper are testing the limits of the all-electric Bolt in Saskatchewan right now and so far the road has truly risen to meet them.

'Bolt Across Canada' proving zero emission travel is possible

July 5, 2017

From coast to coast, one Canadian couple and their dog are trying to prove zero waste and zero emission car travel can be achieved.

Barb Hetherington, Buddy Boyd and canine companion Piper were in Red Deer Tuesday morning taking advantage of the electric chargers at Peavey Mart headquarters. Their trek is called Bolt Across Canada and yes, they’re driving a Chevy Bolt.

Couple Bolts across Canada to Promote Zero Waste and Electric Vehicles

April 10, 2017

Buddy Boyd added, “Simple lifestyle choices like making wiser vehicle choices and reducing our waste can make a difference. We want to promote our emerging green highways and roads that are making it easier for more and more Canadians to drive low emissions vehicles and we want to take the message that Zero Waste, one of the quickest, easiest and most effective first steps for individuals and communities, to immediately reduce GHG emissions.”