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#BinHalfFull The Switch

Posted by Karen Mason-Ben... on March 15, 2016 - 11:41am
Campaign, South Peace

In our third #BinHalfFull installment, we explore the benefits of moving to the automated cart system.

In October, the City of Dawson Creek switched its residential garbage collection service from a manual system to a fully automated system, which was intended to reduce environmental impacts, improve neighbourhood appearance, and to provide quality pickup service as the city grows.

The results of the switch have been positive. The city has saved money on tipping fees & the streets are cleaner.  The new automated pickup system requires the lids of the...

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#BinHalfFull Where Does the Recycling Go?

Posted by Karen Mason-Ben... on March 15, 2016 - 11:13am
Campaign, South Peace

In the second installment of our #BinHalfFull articles, we explore where the recycling goes.

You have taken the time to sort out all of those recyclables that come into your home. You have rinsed, washed, and squashed.  All of these items have been loaded into your vehicle and taken to your local recycling facility. Once you place your items into the appropriate bin, it is out of your hands, but what happens now?  Where does it go? 

Let’s start with paper. Your paper will be bailed with other paper and taken to a facility where the ink is removed....

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#BinHalfFull Can Placement

Posted by Karen Mason-Ben... on March 15, 2016 - 10:22am
Campaign, South Peace

In our first installment of #BinHalfFull articles, we discuss proper garbage cart placement and some other tips for making the whole system work properly.

In October 2015, the City of Dawson Creek switched its residential waste collection service to a fully automated system. This move has helped keep streets cleaner on garbage day and has reduced tipping fees. To ensure you’re helping with the smooth operation of the recent upgrade to the garbage pickup system there are a few easy to follow guidelines.

1) Handles to the House
When your...

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Position Filled! Thank you for your interest. We are Looking for a New Team Member

Posted by Tammy Hrab on February 5, 2016 - 1:48pm
North Peace, NEAT

NEAT is looking to fill the position of Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant in Fort St. John.  Are you the one we have been looking for?  For a more detailed description of this position, click HERE.

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Students Present Energy Plan to Council

Posted by Karen Mason-Ben... on January 12, 2016 - 11:33am
North Peace, NEAT

As part of the Energy Mix, NEAT has been working with Ms. Freer's grade 9 class at Bert Bowes in Fort St John. Students have been testing out energizing theories and exploring all of the ways that we use energy in our daily lives. 

Conserving energy and planning for the future are complicated topics on the best of days, but these students weighed the pros and cons of a variety of energy generation techniques and made sure that Fort St John has reliable, responsible energy for decades to come.

The winning project was presented to Fort St John City Council on...

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Our Christmas Poem 2015

Posted by Tammy Hrab on December 23, 2015 - 2:28pm
NEAT

As we do every year, our staff writes a Christmas poem.  We would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year!

NEAT has a lot to be thankful for and we would like to thank the generosity of our sponsors.  Without you, we would not be able to do  these great program. 

We also want to thanks the Peace River Regional District.  They have always supported the work that we do. 

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Additional Pro-D Days in SD 60

Posted by Tammy Hrab on December 10, 2015 - 9:59am
North Peace, NEAT

Did you get the memo?  The province has added 2 more Professional Development days to the school schedule in 2016; February 26th and May 16th.  The good news, for some, is that these new dates create 2 4 day weekends to have fun with.  The bad news is that others may have added issues finding activities for their kids while they are at work. 

NEAT understands and we have added additional Pro-D Days camps for these dates.  The registration for these days are $40 per child, $70 if you register for both additional days. 

Contact the NEAT...

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Energy Mix Comes to Bert Bowes School

Posted by Karen Mason-Ben... on November 17, 2015 - 10:57am
North Peace, NEAT

NEAT has been working with TransCanada Corporation over the past couple of years to develop The Energy Mix.

This program tasks science students with creating a long term community energy plan for Fort St John. The plan has to span 100 years and provide enough energy for both the estimated population (estimates range between 50,000 and 85,000+ by 2065*) and the increase in demand.

Students examine various types of energy generation including hydro-electric, geothermal, nuclear, wind, solar, natural gas and others. They debate the benefits and disadvantages of each...

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Cleaning out the Dirty Dozen on National Organic Week

Posted by Roch Boisvert on September 24, 2015 - 12:25pm
NEAT, South Peace

Have you ever wondered how a product gets the organic label? To be labelled organic, domestic and imported items must meet all Canadian food regulations as well as additional organic standards and inspections. Organic food is grown without pesticides, herbicides, hormones or antibiotics. Artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners, preservatives and many other aids and ingredients in processed foods are also forbidden in organic foods.

For those deciding whether to eat organic fruits and vegetables, two lists published by the U.S.-based Environmental Working Group; Clean 15 and...

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Bring Your Own...

Posted by Tammy Hrab on September 11, 2015 - 12:46pm
NEAT

50 Shades of Green #40

written by Shana Labatch

There is a practice of bringing dishes and cutlery to food events that First Nations have been practicing for millennia. When we attend a modern balhats (potlatch) for example, many people carry a bag with dishes and then place them back in the bag in a plastic bag and wash them at home. This way eliminates the need for disposable cups, plates, utensils, etc.

A grocery store reusable bag can be used as well as a very reasonable set of dishes from the thrift store. Mismatched...