The Product Care Round Up event, hosted by the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD), was held on Oct. 13.
This one day of drop offs was an event for local residents to recycle items such as household paints and solvents, pesticides and herbicides, old gasoline in ULC approved containers, residential fluorescent tubes and much more.
Throughout the day-long event many residents from Golden took advantage of the drop off point filling bin after bin with products that could have ended up not being recycled otherwise.
CSRD Waste Reduction Facilitator Carmen Fennell was on hand to help with the collection of recycle items.
“It is important here because there is no program here in town for residents to take their products back all the time. Since there isn’t, this is the best option the stewards can come up with,” she said.
Fennell added that it was obvious to her that people in Golden are holding on to these products so they can be disposed of properly.
“I have said before that Golden is becoming one of the CSRD’s champions in terms of their waste reductions efforts,” she said. “We see a lot of people hanging on to this stuff and are looking forward to the next event because they know we have a schedule and we come back for these programs.”
Fennell also wanted to say thank you to the volunteers who came out to help at the event.
“It is huge. You can see there are lots of people here and it makes it more of a community event when you come and it is not just someone from out of town. It is your local people that are living here who are coming here to support the effort.”
She also spoke highly of the effort being put forward by the Town of Golden.
Fennell stressed how important it is to have the local governments working with the local residents to provide the best services available to control waste.
“We are really impressed with what Golden is doing with their waste reduction. We are looking forward to having more programs. We are looking into composting programs at the landfill,” Fennell said. “We are working with the Town of Golden who are proactive in doing pickup events at the curb. We have a good partnership and things are moving forward in a positive way for this project and others.”