For immediate release
April 15, 2015
Zero Waste Yukon thrilled with AYC’s decision
Whitehorse – Zero Waste Yukon applauds the Association of Yukon Communities (AYC) and the Village of Haines Junction as they move to make this year’s Annual General Meeting a “Working Towards Zero Waste” event. The AGM runs from May 7th to 10th at the St. Elias Convention Centre.
“We are excited to be working with Zero Waste Yukon on this event,” says AYC President, Wayne Potoroka. “Solid waste management is a huge issue in every community whether it be landfill operations, training for staff, recycling or how to offer better services to our citizens. We think it is incumbent on us to show that everyone can have an impact on the environment – one place we can start is with this AGM.”
Over 80 delegates are expected to attend the May AGM from across the territory. Solid Waste Management is on the agenda for discussion.
“The Haines Junction Village Council has been working to raise awareness about waste and consumption for a number of years,” says Mike Crawshay, Mayor of Haines Junction. “Last spring our council learned a lot from our Waste Watch Week and we want to raise awareness of these issues with other municipal leaders, and policy makers. We need to change our behaviours if we want less to go into our landfills.”
“We hope to divert as much as 90% of the waste from this event,” says Danny Lewis, Education Coordinator at Raven Recycling. “We are looking at everything from delegate packages to how food is served to ensure the least amount of waste is produced. And we want to make sure that the waste which is produced, is recycled, reused and disposed of properly.”
Zero Waste is a waste management philosophy that challenges us to maximize the life of any product by reusing, recycling, reselling, refurbishing AND composting while minimizing the amount of waste we generate in the first place. To learn more about Zero Waste Yukon go to: www.zerowasteyukon.ca
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For more information:
Wayne Potoroka, President, AYC : (867) 993-7400, ext.428
Mike Crawshay, Mayor, Haines Junction Village Council: (867) 634-7100 or 634-2115
Danny Lewis, Education, Raven Recycling: (867) 667-7269, ext. 23