For immediate release
December 17. 2013
Whitehorse – A new partnership of organizations, businesses, institutions and governments announced today that the Zero Waste Yukon website is live! Zero Waste is a philosophy that challenges everyone to maximize the life of any product by reusing, recycling, reselling AND composting while minimizing the amount of waste that is generated in the first place.
“We are excited to work with our Zero Waste partners on this new website. It will provide the community with information, resources and ideas that take into consideration the waste we produce and ultimately how to produce less,” said Mayor Dan Curtis. “With the City of Whitehorse working towards a target of 50% diversion by 2015, it’s a perfect tool to help promote change in support of our Solid Waste Action Plan.”
Partners currently supporting the education campaign are: YG Community Services, YG Education, City of Whitehorse, Yukon College, P&M Recycling, Raven Recycling, Boreal Compost, Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce, Yukon Chamber of Commerce, Yukon Conservation Society, Yukon Teacher’s Association, the Council of Yukon First Nations, the Association of Yukon Communities, Main Street Business Association, Fireweed Community Market Society, North Star Mini-Storage and Outside the Cube. New partners are always welcome!
Joy Snyder, Executive Director of Raven Recycling said: “It’s exciting to see the community come together to not only learn but to make changes that will ultimately reduce the amount going into landfills. We really like the website because it includes rural Yukon and we know there’s a lot to learn from people in the communities.”
The Zero Waste education campaign, which started with Waste Reduction Week in October and currently includes the Be Smart/Buy Smart campaign supported by the Whitehorse and Yukon Chambers of Commerce, Main Street Yukon and the Whitehorse Fireweed Community Market Society will run to June of 2014. It focuses on tangible, pragmatic actions that people can take in their respective schools, homes, workplaces and communities to reduce their waste. Visit the website at: www.zerowasteyukon.wpengine.com
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For more information:
City of Whitehorse, Communications
Executive Director, Raven Recycling
867 667-7269, ext 25