The Recycling and Environmental Action Planning Society (REAPS) is helping businesses reduce their garbage disposal bills. REAPS’ Donalda Partridge and Shelley James have conducted audits of the garbage produced by eight businesses so far, and have 88 more booked in Prince George and area.
REAPS asks for 30 to 45 minutes of the business owner’s or manager’s time for an interview and a week’s worth of garbage which they separate into bins depending on the waste type. From there, they figure out how much of each type of garbage a business will produce and then provide advice on how to reduce the total that goes to landfill.
The numbers are also being used to determine which direction recycling should go in Prince George and so far Partridge sees the need for a commercial composter in the city. She’s also come across high volumes of plastic and is trying to come up with ways to deal with those items.