Let’s Talk Trash!

Categories: Events
Published on: July 15, 2016

Transition Brockville / 15 July 2016

SteamPunked Tea Pot Lamp_sOn a sunny summer Sunday afternoon, what could be more fun than taking the family cycling down the new Brock Trail extension to St. Lawrence Park for a swim, an ice cream cone and a good hands-on education in what’s trash and what’s recyclable among the stuff that clutters our homes and garages?

“Talking Trash,” a free public event being held the afternoon of July 24 in the West Pavilion at St. Lawrence Park will help everyone figure out where they can dispose of items from batteries to cell phones, old clothes to old paint. Come with photos or electronic images of the items you need to recycle or dispose of and show them to the city’s solid waste coordinator, Lyndsay Price.

Price is only one of the people who’ll be on hand that day to inspire citizens to reduce, re-use, recycle and properly dispose of stuff. Sponsored by Transition Brockville, Talking Trash also features a display of Tasha Thorpe’s “Steampunk” art from recycled items; Habitat for Humanity, which recycles household items and construction materials; and Butler’s Creek Community Garden, showing kids how to make seedling pots from recycled newsprint.

Price, Brockville’s solid waste officer for the past year, grew up in Brockville and returns to her home town with many solid waste disposal ideas from her five years working in Yarmouth, N.S.’s, solid waste department. She’ll have tips on recycling and reusing, data about the city’s program, handouts and recyclable shopping bags. Best of all, she’ll be featuring a free mobile app, My Waste, which can be downloaded to tablets, smart phones and the web to help Brockville area residents search for where to dispose of various categories of materials.

While recycling is great, says Price, “Waste reduction is even more important.” She’ll have tips on how families can do that as well.

Transition Brockville will have displays of items that can and cannot be recycled, to give people a clearer idea of what can be reused and what is headed for the landfill. (Brockville’s non-recyclable waste is transferred to a site north of Cornwall, says Price.)

Everyone is welcome at this family event Sunday at St. Lawrence Park, from 1 to 4 p.m. All displays, activities and group representatives will be on hand in the West Pavilion throughout the three hours. Follow signs at the park entrances, parking lot and Brock Trail.