Citizens taking action ~ Vancouver, Lower Mainland, and beyond.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Saturday, Sept. 29 - The Day to STOP Gateway!

Local groups and citizens preferring rail and busses to more highways will be out in force this Saturday at two Gateway-related events, with a mass bike ride between them!

The first event is The Spirit of Sustainability at the Unitarian Church in Vancouver (949 West 49th at Fremlin, just east of Oak), starting at 3pm. There will be some truly excellent speakers, displays and entertainment.

Then at 5pm, outside the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Coal Harbor, there is Hello Al, Goodbye Gateway, a rally to welcome Mr. Gore to Vancouver and to demand action on climate change, with more great speakers and entertainment. Bring your banners and prepare to make some noise!

Bridging the two events, for anyone on a bike, is a mass ride from the The Spirit of Sustainability Rally to Hello Al, Goodbye Gateway Rally! Meet at 5:00pm at the Unitarian Church, by the bike parking. The ride leader is Stan Jang stan.jang[at]

Can you feel the groundswell of opposition against Gateway?

Zero Waste Vancouver’s anti-Gateway flyer can be downloaded here – feel free to print up some copies and distribute them at Saturdays’ anti-Gateway festivities.

See you there!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Vancouver's Landfill Crisis?

There’s no time like the present for long-overdue waste reduction measures in Vancouver, because the Cache Creek landfill, where 500,000 tonnes of Metro Vancouver trash is trucked each year, is rapidly filling up. Regional senior management is looking into “quick and dirty” solutions to this “landfill crisis”.

The senior management at the GVRD have launched a “Chicken Little” campaign trying to convince the public that there is a new landfill crisis. A July 5 media release warned that “the issue of short-term disposal capacity is becoming critical.” The Vancouver Sun editorial board’s response called for “quick-and-dirty” solutions to meet this crisis (”Garbage solution has to be quick and it will likely be dirty,” June 29, 2007).

Is this a manufactured crisis? We think so.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Howdy and Welcome

Howdy folks, and welcome to the Zero Waste Vancouver blog. This will soon be the source of relevant local information about waste reduction possibilities and initiatives, as well as a hub for discussion.

In the meantime, however, please bear with us as we figure out a few technical things…

All the best! A bientot!