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Recycling: It's Not Free

Posted by Karen Mason-Ben... on July 25, 2016 - 2:51pm
Regional, NEAT

One of the biggest misunderstandings about recycling is the cost of those services. I can't tell you how many times I've heard "I moved from <insert town> and recycling was free!" Now, please do not get me wrong. I like free stuff as much as the next person, but when we start talking about value, I'm totally on board with paying for something that's going to last. And one thing I desperately want to last is this planet. You may think I'm being coy or over dramatic, but I assure you this is not the case.

Now, I hate to be the bearer of bad news...

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Mattresses and Illegal Dumping

Posted by Karen Mason-Ben... on July 6, 2016 - 11:23am

The other day I saw this article on the illegal dumping of mattresses in Vancouver. Now, mattresses are a bit of a soap box issue for me to begin with, but seriously, a 3-fold increase in people just dumping their mattresses wherever they want in the last decade? You have got to be kidding me!

Illegal dumping in general is something that costs tax payers tremendous amounts of time and money, much MUCH more than if...

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Learn to Can 2016 - Registration Now Open

Posted by Tammy Hrab on July 5, 2016 - 4:41pm
North Peace, West Peace, NEAT, South Peace

Another year, and another chance to learn how to can.  As you watch everything growing in your gardens, do you ever wonder what you are going to do with it all.  I admit it.  I think that all the time.  Freezing, blanching, and even sawdust have gone through my head.  The one I don't usually think about is canning and that is because I don't know how. I admit it.  I can't can.  (Don't worry.  I don't teach the class.)  I know I am not the only one in this boat. 

Well, for $30, you will have the opportunity to...

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Volunteers Needed for Canola Fest

Posted by Tammy Hrab on June 29, 2016 - 12:22pm
North Peace, NEAT

NEAT is working with the organizers of Canola Fest to provide a kid zone at the festival.  We would love your help.  We have been provided with 10 passes into the festival for workers.  If this is something you are interested, get in touch with us.  We only have spots for 10, so don't hesitate. 

Canola Fest is Saturday, July 16th at Peace Island Park in Taylor, BC.  We would love for you to help.  Give Lizzie a call at 250-785-6328 if you are interested in signing up to help with the kid zone.

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You Too can RAPP!

Posted by Tammy Hrab on June 16, 2016 - 4:34pm

That is what I said. RAPP!  No, that was not a typo.  I am talking about R.A.P.P., Report All Poachers and Polluters.  See, RAPP. 

Okay, seriously though, British Columbia has a toll free number for residents to use to report poaching and illegal dumping that they see.  We have endless kilometers of rural roads and there is no way that the B.C. Conservation Officer Service (COS) can patrol it all.  By providing this number to you, everyone can help out. 

I love getting out of town and enjoying  the...

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Position Filled - 2016 Summer Outreach Educator

Posted by Karen Mason-Ben... on May 6, 2016 - 6:00pm
North Peace, South Peace

NEAT is hiring for an energetic and organized student to help us do all of our summer programming. We've got tonnes of opportunities for you to learn new skills, practice public speaking, organize events and make a difference in your community.


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Upcycling Becomes an Event

Posted by Tammy Hrab on May 6, 2016 - 4:55pm
NEAT, South Peace

"Upcycling" is reusing (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.  Basically, people create new products out of things that were garbage at someone's home or business.

Chetwynd has made this practice of reuse into an event, Upcycle Alley.  Tomorrow, Saturday, May 7th, the Chetwynd Library is hosting their annual garage sale and they have added this unique addition to their event. 

They say that one man's junk is another man's treasure.  There are many home...

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Position Filled - Eco-Advisor Needed in Dawson Creek

Posted by Tammy Hrab on April 27, 2016 - 10:12am
NEAT, South Peace

NEAT is looking for a passionate, community minded individual to work in our Dawson Creek location.  For more information, review the job description.

The deadline for applications is May 8th.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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#BinHalfFull Garbage Can into a Rain Barrel

Posted by Karen Mason-Ben... on March 15, 2016 - 12:06pm
Campaign, South Peace

Our fifth article in the #BinHalfFull series provides some inspiration on what to do with your leftover garbage can!

Now that you have the fancy garbage can on wheels, some of you have an old can that you may not be sure what to do with.  If you are a little bit handy, we have a great idea - turn it into a rain barrel! Dawson Creek is dedicated to maximizing local water resources through conservation. This easy rain barrel project is a great way to store water to use in your garden later. 

There are tonnes of plans online and instructions for DIY rain...

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#BinHalfFull Dawson Creek Has an APP!

Posted by Karen Mason-Ben... on March 15, 2016 - 12:00pm
Campaign, South Peace

The fourth installment in our #BinHalfFull series dives deep into all the features Dawson Creek's Waste App has to offer! 

Have you downloaded the Dawson Creek Waste App to your smartphone yet?  This app can remind you when to put out your new garbage cart and can give you suggestions on how to reduce what you put into it. 

Once you go into your app store and download your Dawson Creek app, you need to enter your address so that the information you receive is specific to you.  Already know the day your garbage will be picked up?  That...