With REAPS’ goal of raising awareness and providing the community with waste reduction options, we have created a number of educational brochures to start your journey toward green actions.
The brochures are printable PDFs for your reference. No action is too small.
Composting is a natural process that occurs when plant material dies. Bacteria, fungi, worms and other organisms living in the soil and air transform dead plants, leaves, etc. into a rich dark material called humus or compost.
Do you know how large your water use is? Answer the questions that we’ve provided to find out how big of a splash your water consumption makes.
Love Food; Hate Waste
Did you know Canadians waste $17 Billion worth of food every year? For Canada as a whole, that amounts to almost 2.2 million tonnes of edible food wasted each year. This number doesn’t factor in other factors such as energy, water, transport, land, labour, etc. When all the factors are included, the estimated amount is closer to $100 Billion a year.
Zero Waste is a philosophy and a movement that encourages people to create as close to zero waste as possible in their day-to-day life. Choosing products that are free from plastics and packaging, derived from natural products, reusable, and ultimately biodegradable.
Incorporating simple green actions into your lifestyle can make a big difference in the large scheme of things. The things we do everyday have significant impacts on the environment. To make a change, don’t wait for someone else to do it, start with yourself!
Organic gardening starts with the nourishment of the soil, which leads to the nourishment of the plant and ultimately, the planet. Organic methods encourage biodiversity, allowing a wide variety of species to live in your garden, which is especially important in your soil.
How to harvest and use your compost in the best, most natural and most effective ways. Including topics like disease prevention, continuous fertilizer and compost poultice techniques. In addition, learn how to make and use compost tea.
The burning of garbage used to be considered convenient and harmless practice, but is now recognized as dangerous. Burning household products produces toxic chemicals (including dioxins), contributes to air pollution and is a proven health risk.
When buying food, there are a few questions that you should be ask yourself; WHERE and HOW was it produced. We’ve provided useful information and resources to help you make the best choices for both the environment and your health.
If your building does not have a recycling system in place, ask the landlord to see if they will set one up. They can also set up a collection system which can be supported by a curbside collection agency.
A natural method for recycling your kitchen scraps. It can be done year-round, indoors and outdoors, in apartments, houses, offices, and schools. The finished castings provide a good soil conditioner for houseplants, lawns and gardens.
Recycling is the process of making new products out of previously used things. Unusable recyclable materials can be broken down and remade into a new product.
Natural Lawn Care
Your lawn needs water when the grass is walked on and the grass blades stay bent and/or they are a duller color. The best time to water is in the morning between 6am and 10am or later in the evening to avoid evaporation. Avoid watering at night because a damp lawn is more prone to lawn disease.
The Waste Audit is a free service being provided by REAPS in partnership with the Regional District of Fraser – Fort George. Our goal is to help businesses audit their waste generation habits, identify areas for improvement and then suggest strategies for implementing change.