More than 300 million tons of plastics is produced globally each year, with only about ten percent of that being recycled. And statistics are showing that the production of plastics continues to rise. The main goals of recycling plastics is to: Keep the material out of the landfill and even more harmful, our oceans. Put… Continue reading Recycling plastics
To quote Aristotle; “We are what we repeatedly do”. On average it takes 21 days to create a new habit, and 66 before it becomes automatic. As humans we all live entrenched in habits, some of them serve us and our environment well, others do not. Our journey with plastics began as a very easy… Continue reading How to reduce your plastic consumption
The Gabriola Island Recycling Organization (GIRO) Annual General Meeting will be held at the Gabriola Island Community Hall (lower level), 2200 South Road, Gabriola on Wednesday May 30, 2018 at 7:00 PM. To vote at the meeting, you must be a current member of GIRO. If you are not a member or your membership has… Continue reading GIRO’s 2018 Annual General Meeting
With the recent closure of the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange many islanders are wondering what they can do with their Styrofoam. Go to the RDN website’s What goes where page, and use their site search bar to search for styrofoam. This takes you to their page listing all the sites that are currently accepting stryofoam: Alpine… Continue reading What can you do with Styrofoam?
New zero waste store in Montreal where customers bring their own containers.
Elementary Grade 6/7 Students Feather Quill Project As part of the ongoing Recycling Program at the school, grade 6/7 students explored “short term plastic products” and their environmental significance. Examples of these would be toothbrushes, disposable lighters and razors and ballpoint pens. All these items are made of plastic, they are not refillable or recyclable… Continue reading Quill Pen Project at Elementary School
This year at the Annual General Meeting GIRO members passed a new set of Bylaws that are consistent with the new Societies Act. The new GIRO Bylaws and Constitution may be viewed on the GIRO website. A key change established by these Bylaws is the transition to a calendar year membership (i.e. January 1 to… Continue reading Time to renew your GIRO membership
GIRO is now accepting used-oil The new double-walled oil container funded by the RDN is now in place at GIRO on a new concrete slab, constructed by volunteer Graham MacDonald and a crew of helpers. We are very pleased to once again be offering this service, and would like to again thank Howard Houle and… Continue reading GIRO is now accepting used-oil
As of October 1st GIRO will be charging Provincial Sales Tax (PST) on selected items At the AGM this year the question was raised by a member of the community as to whether or not GIRO should be charging PST on the sale of used goods. Operating as a Recycling Depot whose main objective is… Continue reading GIRO will now be charging PST on selected items
In July due to an unsatisfactory service, GIRO chose to leave the British Columbia Used-Oil Management Association (BCUOMA). BCUOMA is a stewardship program established in 2004 to administer the collection and proper processing of used-oil and anti-freeze. In the last two years there have been several incidents in BC of used-oil being contaminated with… Continue reading GIRO will be reinstating the Used-oil service after funding received from RDN to purchase a new double-walled tank
In 2003 the Stewardship Program BCUOMA (British Columbia Used Oil Management Association) was established as an administrative program to oversee the collection and recycling of Used Oil and Anti-Freeze. Here at GIRO we have been offering a Used Oil collection service for many years with no concerns. However, earlier this year it was brought to… Continue reading GIRO suspending used oil collection until further notice
As part of the ongoing Recycling Program at the Elementary School grade six/seven students were divided into pairs and given the challenge to create a viable, green, sustainable business idea using a commodity that has already had a life/use. They needed to meet the following criteria: At no stage of manufacture, marketing, transportation and sales… Continue reading Boutique de Paris wins top potential business pitch
Last October GIRO placed an article in the Sounder explaining how the global economy is effecting GIRO’s steel metal bin service. For many years, recycling scrap steel has always been good business. Some of the benefits to the planet include:
The process of recycling steel has been happening for thousands of years. It has long been a common practice to melt pots, swords, and other metals that had served their purpose. These were turned into coins, statues, and other necessities. A major campaign in both World War efforts featured organized metal drives so that… Continue reading Recycling Steel