Feature: How to make the perfect compost pile, a definitive guide

Two stakes and a net is all you need if you follow these easy steps

Here in Vancouver, 30 per cent of collected garbage is made of biodegradable materials. These materials can be easily composted, but are instead dumped into the trash. While the city has set its sights on a 70 per cent diversion rate by 2015 – meaning the goal is to have most of the waste avoid a landfill – it requires the willful participation of the population.

Constructing your own compost is actually an easy process, requiring very little expertise. Follow these simple instructions to put a dent in your waste contributions.

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Sustainable Vancouver: building towards lean, green transport

This article is the second in a series on living sustainably in Vancouver. Stay tuned for more instalments.

Old Translink buses catch some Sun as they await their fate. Photo by Stephen Rees.


Building towards sustainable transport

Environmentalists in Vancouver were given a reason to smile last week when Translink released its first report on sustainability.

The 102-page report details an extensive amount of data related to environmental and economic sustainability, while also providing a window into the overall operations of the company.

In building towards a sustainable future in transport, the document is a step in the right direction. Transportation currently accounts for up to 33 per cent of green house gas (GHG) emissions in the province of British Columbia, and that is reason enough to begin documenting the specific indicators guiding these emissions.

Taking measure of a system’s performance allows for improvements to be made. To reach higher levels of sustainability in transportation, the data necessary to understand the system must be made available.

I spoke with Translink spokeswoman Trish Webb about the release. She said that the sustainability report is based on regional indicators, and these are only made available every five years.

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