RDCK Supports Mother Earth at Nelson Event

NELSON—Yesterday’s Earth Day event on Nelson’s Baker Street was an opportunity for the Regional District of Central Kootenay to inform people about the role the RDCK plays in the region and the positive steps we can all take for the environment.

Megan Deas, environmental services coordinator at the RDCK, staffed a table that provided information about recycling, waste disposal, carbon offsets, zero waste, water conservation, invasive plants and the woodstove exchange program. Deas also held an interactive recycling game which had participants sort waste and ask questions about what can be recycled. Participants could then enter a draw for a month’s family pass donated by the Nelson and District Community Complex.

Sporting a painted tree on his cheek, six-year old Nelson resident Cedric said "he is always thinking about the earth" as he sorted materials during the recycling game.

"The most frequently asked question has been around extended producer responsibility (EPR)," said Deas. "EPR is mandated for specific product categories through the provincial Recycling Regulation which requires producers of designated materials to be accountable for the life cycle management of their products. With EPR programs the cost of recycling these products is paid directly by the producer and the consumers, which shifts the financial burden away from taxpayers. BC has introduced EPR programs to manage products such as paper, packaging, beverage containers, paint, used oil, tires, batteries and electronics."

The Earth Day event was well attended, with several people of all ages stopping by the RDCK table to ask questions.

"Earth Day is an opportunity to bring further awareness to the things we should be doing year round to preserve and protect our natural resources," said Stuart Horn, chief administrative officer for the RDCK. "The RDCK is proud to share in the responsibility of this message and our staff's enthusiasm reflects that pride."

The RDCK invites residents to check out our website at www.rdck.ca to learn more about recycling, water conservation, and other environmental initiatives.

Nelson resident Cedric has fun recycling.

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For more information:
Megan Deas
Environmental Services Coordinator
(250) 352-1511


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