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Buddy Boyd poses outside the Zero Waste Store with the electric bicycle he plans to modify to collect organics for composting.
Earth Day is a big deal for Buddy Boyd of Gibsons Recycling. Boyd, one of the world’s top zero waste advocates, has taken to using the occasion to introduce new initiatives. One year it was the purchase of electric vans for his fleet. Another, it was starting up on-site composting at the Gibsons Resource Recovery Centre. This year, Boyd has a plan to collect kitchen scraps and organic waste on a bicycle.
Boyd said there’s a real need to get serious about diverting organics from landfills, which he estimates is at least one-third of what people in Gibsons are throwing out, but he also recognizes that backyard composting isn’t practical for everybody. He also thinks curbside collection is not the answer.
“I’m definitely 100 per cent against mandated curbside collection in a community that has wildlife issues … we don’t want to entice wildlife to come in and view those containers at the curb as bait,” he said.