Green Living for Sustainable Communities

Our region is renowned for its pristine landscapes, beautiful scenery, and abundant wildlife. We believe it's in our best interest to be stewards of the environment, so the natural beauty and health of the area remains for generations to come.

There are many easy ways residents and businesses can reduce their environmental footprint. Learn more on composting, water conservation and how to dispose of hazardous waste.

Love Food, Hate Waste  Poster from Love Food, Hate Waste Campaign

We proudly participate in the national Love Food Hate Waste campaign, which aims to help residents reduce avoidable food waste at home. Food waste from the average Canadian household amounts to $1,100 per year!
Love Food, Hate Waste provides recipes, resources, and research to help reduce household food waste.

For information on reducing food waste in your home, visit the Love Food Hate Waste website.



Single-Use Plastics

On December 6, 2023, the B.C. government announced they are adopting the Single-Use and Plastic Waste Prevention Regulation. This regulation phases out some single-use plastic items by particular dates:

  • December 20, 2023: Food service accessories like utensils, straws, stir sticks, cup lids and sleeves, condiments, napkins, wet wipes, and garnishes.
  • July 15, 2024: Shopping bags, food service ware (take-out containers) and oxo-degradable plastics
  • July 1, 2028: PVC film wrap
  • July 1, 2030: Polystyrene foam meat trays

Find more details and resources, like guidance documents, posters, and a guide to acceptable alternatives at the B.C. government website

Here's a handy quick-reference guide.

Blue-toned poster reminding people to bring reusable bags for shopping


Feed the Land, Not the Landfill!

Organic materials such as food scraps and yard waste (leaves, grass, trimmings, etc.) can be turned into an incredibly valuable resource; compost.

Not only can these materials be turned into a valuable soil amendment for your garden, keeping them out of the landfill does a great service to our environment by reducing landfill gas and leachate (garbage goo) production. Help us create even better compost by keeping plastics out of the bin and only using compostable bags (biodegradable is not compostable!). 

Buy an Earth Machine Composter at Wholesale Cost: $65.00.  Call us to arrange payment and pick-up.

  • 80 Gallon / 300 L Capacity.
  • 33” diameter at base & 33” high.
  • Finished compost is ready in 4 to 6 months.
  • Easy for turning and aerating.
Earth Machine Composter

Water Conservation

Fresh water is a valuable resource with a limited supply.

While our planet may be called the "Blue Planet," only 2.5% of the water on Earth is freshwater. Once the freshwater trapped in glaciers and ice caps is accounted for, only about 0.8% of the entire planet's water remains as useable freshwater.

Worrying about water conservation when living in a rainforest may sound odd, however, it is very important we do our best to conserve this resource. View our Water Conservation Plan

Buy an ORBIS Rain Barrel at Wholesale Cost: $80.00. Call us to arrange payment and pick-up.

  • 55 Gallon / 208 L Capacity.
  • Mosquito mesh keeps bugs and leaves out.
  • Overflow hose can be connected to additional rain barrels.
  • BPA Free
water conservation

Reasons to Conserve:

Groundwater is a limited resource.
The water we use in our homes and places of work comes from underground reservoirs. These reservoirs have a limited supply of water that takes time to replenish. If we empty it faster than it fills, we will inevitably run out. This is why it is important to follow any posted water use restrictions.
We use the most water when we get the least rain.
The majority of our region gets the lowest rainfall of the year over the summer months (June through August). This is also the time of year water usage increases dramatically, for watering gardens and lawns, and filling up our backyard pools. See our informative brochure for tips on water conservation in your yard.
Climate Change
Global weather patterns have been changing, causing irregular jet-stream behaviour and more extreme patterns of droughts and storms. Changes to our climate and rainfall patterns need to be considered when managing our water resources.
  • Water use doubles in the summer due to lawn and garden irrigation. Minimizing your outdoor water use is the single biggest thing you can do in the summer to save our treated drinking water for where it's needed most: drinking, cooking, and cleaning.
  • Taking action to keep our water ways healthy and clean
    Whatever goes down the storm drain directly affects aquatic life and water quality. Help protect our waterways by ensuring that toxic chemicals and street litter don't go down the drain at home or in the storm sewer.