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Andrea Reimer on nimble government

Vancouver City Councillor Andrea Reimer, well-known for her Green Party roots, contacted me to respond to Village Vancouver’s Randy Chatterjee in my blog post Making Vancouver sustainable:...

Flashback on the road to zero waste

Some good ideas have been around for a long time. "Recycle or die" is one of them.

Waste Land, Vision and a Festival of new films from Europe

Can art change people? Waste Land asks the question but does it deliver? (read more)

Recycling is winning strategy for Whitecaps

Let’s face it, we’ve all become inured to the ephemera of packaging – the coffee cups, take out containers, food wrappers, store receipts – that we grasp for a few moments before committing them to...

Compost? But what if I live in a condo?

The City of Vancouver's city-wide organic waste management program has hit the streets. But on-site composting remains the most economic and environmental way to handle kitchen waste. VO explores opt

Mayor pays tribute to public works staff

With over 2,000 kilometres of water and sewer lines, concrete sidewalk and road installations that could stretch to Chilliwack and residential garbage that could fill 71 Olympic-size swimming pools,...

What should Vancouver do about its garbage?

Burn, bury, or reduce our waste to zero? Over the next six months, Vancouver has some hard decisions to make about garbage. Introducing Earth Matter's series on how and where we'll be throwing it "awa