Ahead of tomorrow night’s monthly meeting at the Sooke Public Library, here’s an update and call for participation from our Wendy O’Connor …
“Good day everyone,
Rejoice with us in the acceptance and on-going implementation of the first 2 of our 3 asks! 🙂
- District of Sooke’s May, 2019 plastic bag bylaw (which you can read in full here) comes into full effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Wonderful that so many in the community — retailers and shoppers alike — understand and champion #BYOB!
- A three-tier drinking water fountain is planned for near the new washroom at John Phillips Memorial Park, and is also intended for washroom facilities at Whiffin Spit in 2020.
- We were extremely involved in the Sooke Region Planet Earth Day Celebrations in April 2018;
- We have held 5 VERY successful Repair Cafes and continue to do so twice a year, spring and fall;
- ZWS has hosted an annual community clean-up each year, twice in conjunction with ProjectServe and students from the University of Victoria;
- 3 Delegation presentations to the District of Sooke Council over the past 3 years seeking follow-up action on our requests to Council;
- Hosted an information table once a month each summer at the Sooke Country Market, of which 3 of those 10 or 11 sessions have involved hosting the Victoria Compost Education Centre;
- Family Literacy Day workshop for youngsters on creating musical instruments from recycled materials. A collaboration with the Sooke Region Literacy Project at Edward Milne Community School;
- Presentation on electronics re-use and recycling by Triston Line, a member of the EMCS Robotics team, at the Sooke library;
- Numerous workshops at the Sooke library, including sessions on zero waste Furoshiki gift wrapping, making your own laundry soap and kids workshops;
- Working with reps from Village Foods, Home Hardware and Western Foods regarding plastic bag use in Sooke, creating a “Bring your Own Bag” sign for display in these stores; and
- in Oct 2016 Major Tait officially declares “Waste Reduction Week in Sooke” at the request of ZWS. Litterless lunch and waste audit held at John Muir Elementary School.