Past News

Here are some of the updates and resources about recycling and waste reduction that we have posted in the past:



Canada Day in Vanderhoof is a "Green Event"

Although there will be a fair amount of red and white at Riverside Park on July 1st, the Nechako Waste Reduction Initiative together with the Nechako Valley Food Network is excited to be helping to make Canada Day as green as possible by highlighting local food and minimizing waste. Look for our "green toolkit" of reusable dishes and volunteers serving up local burgers & smokies!

Canada Day event at Riverside Park 11:00-2:00

Backyard Composting Workshop

UPDATE: The allotment of subsidized compost packages for Vanderhoof has been met by pre-registrants. Community members are still welcome and encouraged to attend the composting workshop (please pre-register with the Regional District) but subsidized composting equipment is no longer available.


The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako is offering a great backyard composting program! Start composting today to divert over a third of your garbage (and help your yard and garden by doing so!). Pre-registration with the Regional District is required.

Backyard composting workshop poster

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who made the 6th Annual Community Clean-Up such a success! The crowd had already gathered well before 10:00AM on Saturday which was incredible to see! After our first count, we had 215 community members come down to Riverside Park, sign-in, choose a route, and pick up hundreds of pounds of litter together! Everyone did a fantastic job and demonstrated how caring a community Vanderhoof is! The town looks great!

There are a few groups that contribute to the supplies for this great event so we'd also like to thank the District of Vanderhoof for covering food costs and providing supplies, Tim Hortons for the hot drinks & treats, supplies, and t-shirts, Avison for the use of their truck, Integris Credit Union for bringing their staff team and rallying volunteers (including a great turnout from Vanderhoof Minor Hockey), and the Nechako Valley Food Network for cooking up an amazing local food BBQ! A special thank you also goes out to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who brought 43 members to the clean-up!

Vanderhoof Community Clean-Up picture: Volunteers in Riverside Park  Sign-in table at the Vanderhoof Community Clean-Up

Garbage at the Community Clean-Up BBQ  Picking up litter near Riverside Park

6th Annual Community Clean-Up

Pitch-in to help clean up our community! The Nechako Waste Reduction Initiative is excited to be organizing the 6th Annual Community Clean-Up! This year, the clean-up will take place on Saturday, April 26 starting at 10:00AM at Riverside Park.

We are looking for families, individuals, teams, and other volunteers to help clean up litter in our community to start the Spring! Simply show up at Riverside Park at 10:00AM on Saturday, April 26 and you'll be able to choose a clean-up route to focus on. All clean-up supplies are provided, as is a delicious post clean-up BBQ for volunteers highlighting local food! See you there!

Join the Facebook event here: for regular updates.

Sign-in at the 2012 Community Clean-Up  BBQ at the 2012 community clean-up

Final Free Film Screening: Trashed

After two successful free film events, the Nechako Waste Reduction Initiative is excited to be offering our final free film screening of the winter. On Wednesday, March 19th at 6:30PM we'll be screening the film "Trashed" at the Vanderhoof Public Library. This provocative film asks us to consider what happens to all of the garbage that we throw away. What or where is "away" and what happens there? Join us on March 19th to find out!

We hope to see you there!


Free film screening of Trashed: Wednesday, March 19th at 6:30PM at the Vanderhoof Public Library


Free Film Screening: Wednesday, Feb. 26

The Nechako Waste Reduction Initiative is excited to be organizing the second of three free environmental film screenings this winter! This month, we are going to be showing the film Tapped, a behind-the-scenes look at the bottled water industry and the people, communities, and environments it touches. The screening will take place on Wednesday, February 26 at 6:30PM at the Vanderhoof Public Library.

Poster for film screening of Tapped: Wednesday, February 26th at 6:30PM at the Vanderhoof Public Library

Waste Reduction Week Results!

Thank you to all of the members of Council who participated in the Waste Reduction Week challenge! It was inspiring to see how much everyone was able to reduce their waste! Check out some of the results below (and click the image for a larger version):

Waste Reduction Week results: The average Vanderhoof resident throws out 9.9 kilograms of garbage each week while the four participating councillors threw out a combined 5.3 kilograms.

Waste Reduction Week!

October 21-27, 2013 is Waste Reduction Week in Canada. We encourage everyone to use this opportunity to think twice about the waste that they create, try something new (like composting or using a reusable cloth bag at the grocery store), and think about ways to reduce waste. Several local Council members will be taking part in a Waste Reduction Challenge this week, tracking their garbage production and seeing who can create the least amount of waste in one week. We'll let you know about the results early next week! In the mean time, if you see a member of Council with a garbage bucket around town, ask them how the challenge is going and see if they have any waste reduction tips for you!

Cascades Site Visit

A huge thank you to the crew at Cascades Recovery for taking us on a tour of their recycling facilities. It was great to see where essentially all of Vanderhoof's recycled materials end up and it was impressive to see just how much is being recycled (while knowing that so much more is still possible!). To see pictures of our visit, click here or follow the Nechako Waste Reduction Initiative on Facebook.

Vanderhoof's recycling employees taking part in a tour at Cascades Recovery in Prince George.

Free Film Screening!

The Nechako Waste Reduction Initiative is excited to be partnering with the Vanderhoof Public Library to offer a series of three free films this winter! The first film we will be screening is the Clean Bin Project, a fun and funny look a waste reduction told through the story of one couple's challenge to see who could create the least amount of waste in one year. Two people. Two bins. One year. Who will produce the least garbage? Join us on Wednesday, January 29th at 6:30PM at the Vanderhoof Public Library to find out!

Film screening of the movie

You Are Invited! Nechako Healthy Community Alliance Annual General Meeting!

Sunday, January 26. 5:00PM. Vanderhoof Public Library

Check out the Facebook event invitation here.

Come and find out what has been going on with recycling and waste reduction, local food, the Vanderhoof Community Garden, and social action theatre this year in the Nechako Valley!

Attend the Nechako Healthy Community Alliance AGM.

The meeting starts at 5 PM and is followed by a delicious potluck dinner for members. New members welcome!

On site childcare will be provided.

Nominations for directors positions will not be accepted from the floor. Please submit any nominations for directors positions to at least 48 hours before the AGM.

The Nechako Waste Reduction Initiative is part of the Nechako Healthy Community Alliance.

Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays from the Nechako Waste Reduction Initiative! If you are recycling over the holidays, the paper and plastic recycling bins will be closed on Christmas Day (Dec. 25), Boxing Day (Dec. 26), and New Year's Day (Jan. 1). The cardboard recycling bin will match the opening hours of the Co-Op.

If you are looking for some waste reduction tips for the holidays, check out our most recent newsletter by clicking here!

Interested in supporting waste reduction in Vanderhoof in the new year? The Nechako Waste Reduction Initiative will be meeting on January 9, 2013 and new members and ideas are always welcome!

Recycling Ink Cartridges in Vanderhoof

With the support of local businesses, the number of products that you can recycle in Vanderhoof just keeps growing! Inkjet cartridges can now be recycled at Bird on a Wire (149 Stewart Street). Recycling your inkjet cartridges allows the plastic to be turned into new products and ensures the ink itself stays out of our soil and water! See a full list of recycling options in Vanderhoof in our Recycling Guide (last updated Nov. 2013).

Pen & Plastic Writing Instruments Recycling

We are continuing our efforts to keep as many potentially harmful products out of the landfill as possible and are delighted to announce that you can now recycle pens and other plastic writing instruments (e.g., markers, highlighters, mechanical pencils, etc.) in Vanderhoof! SpeeDee Office Experts have a recycling bin for plastic writing instruments at the Vanderhoof Chamber of Commerce. Drop off your used pens, markers, highlighters, mechanical pencils, and more for recycling anytime the Chamber of Commerce is open (for their hours, click here). Perfect timing for back-to-school!

New Recycling Option in Vanderhoof: Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs

Great news! You can now safely recycle Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFL) in Vanderhoof! There is a recycling bin for CFL located at Rona in Vanderhoof. For a description of Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs and other types of lights, visit LightRecycle. There, you can also find out where to recycle other types of light bulbs.

Electronics Drop-Off Event

The Electronics Drop-Off Event is coming back to Vanderhoof! Broken and unused electronics can be brought to the Co-Op Parking Lot on Saturday, October 5th for recycling. Visit Encorp Pacific's Return-It website or click on the image below for full details and a list of accepted products. Remember, too, that electronics that still work can be donated to Act II Thrift Store.

Encorp Electronics Recycling Event: October 5, 10-3PM

Thank You!

Thank you to all of the community members who volunteered to make Canada Day a successful Green Event! By preparing and serving local food, using and washing reusable dishes, and separating organic, plastic, and paper waste, we greatly reduced the environmental impact of the fesitivities! These events wouldn't happen without the support of an amazing group of volunteer - THANK YOU!

Volunteers Needed - Green Events

The next event that we will be "greening" is Canada Day (Monday, July 1) at the Vanderhoof Community Museum. Green Events highlight locally produced food and minimal waste. With effective composting, using and washing reusable dishes, and the support of the visitors and volunteers, last year's event fed hundreds of community members and produced only one small bag of garbage! To make these green events happen, we need a few volunteers to help serve and prepare food, bus tables, and wash dishes. If you are available for a short 2-hour shift on Canada Day, please contact Vince at

5th Annual Community Clean Up

Saturday April 20th will be Vanderhoof’s 5th Annual Community Clean Up day.  Organized by the NWRI, residents are encouraged to meet at Riverside Park at 10am to choose a route and pick up gloves & bags.  Tim Hortons will also be there with coffee, hot chocolate, t-shirts and goodies for volunteers. 

Folks that lend a hand making our town beautiful are welcomed back for a complimentary local food bbq organized by the Nechako Valley Food Network (NVFN).  The entire event is a green event, which highlights locally produced food and minimal waste.  Hope to see you there!

Upcycling Week 2013

Vanderhoof is celebrating Earth Day and 'BC Arts and Culture Week' the week of April 20 – 27 with an Artisan Show and Sale with a unique twist.  The Nechako Community Arts Council has teamed up with the Nechako Waste Reduction Initiative to provide a week of activities focused on “Upcycling and the Arts”. 

Plan to be at the Burrard Street Market on Monday evening, April 22 at 7pm for the community’s first Upcyle-Recycle Fashion Show where artists will show off their fashionista genius – modeling garments made with materials otherwise destined for the landfill.  An Artisan Show and Sale will continue on at the Burrard Street Market throughout the week featuring artists from throughout the region.  Interactive upcycling and recycling displays for all ages will also be featured.  

To learn more, visit us on Facebook at Vanderhoof Upcycling Week 2013 and the Nechako Waste Reduction Initiative.

New beverage can/bottle recycling bins installed in Vanderhoof

With funding from the Integris Community Foundation, NWRI has purchased and installed four beverage bottle/can recycling bins at Riverside Park, the bench by 7-11, the information kiosk at the top of PG hill, and Hwy 16 park.  The local Air Cadets are checking and maintaining the bins, and will keep any profits from bottles and cans collected.

Recycling bin at Riverside Park


Plastic Recycling has Arrived!

NWRI is very happy to announce that Vanderhoof now has household plastic recycling! 

Located beside the mixed paper bin at the Transfer Station, the bin is for clean, household plastic only.  Please remember to clean or rinse your containers before recycling them.  Accepted materials include any plastic containers with the numbers 1 through 7 on them.  The numbers are usually found on the bottom of the container, in the middle of a small recycling symbol. Here are some examples!

Examples of plastic recycling symbols


The plastic recycling bin is for household plastic only.  Please don't put any industrial plastics in it, this includes oil or antifreeze jugs/containers.

If you like the recycling options NWRI is helping to bring to town, please let your elected officials at the District of Vanderhoof and Regional District of Bulkley Nechako know! 

4th Annual Community Clean Up A Success

It was great to see the community come together for the 4th Annual Vanderhoof Community Clean-Up on Saturday, April 21st.  This event was organized by the Nechako Waste Reduction Initiative (NWRI), with the Nechako Valley Food Network (NVFN) coordinating the local food BBQ.  Approximately 115 volunteers came together to pitch in and pick up litter throughout our town, and afterwards enjoyed a well deserved BBQ, “on the house” comprised of locally made sausages and buns.  The end result was over 4 truck loads of garbage removed from the town, and 1 truck load of recyclable returnables. This was all accomplished within two hours of community effort.  Way to go Vanderhoof!

A great big THANK-YOU goes out to our sponsors, Integris Credit Union and Tim Hortons, for the treats, warm drinks and food; to the District of Vanderhoof for providing bags and gloves; the Brownies & Sparks who beautifully coloured the posters, Katimavik for their volunteer help, and of course all of the volunteers for cleaning up our town!

This event was the first in a series of “Green Events” planned by NWRI and NVFN (both part of the Nechako Healthy Community Alliance) where we will be focusing on minimizing waste and serving local food.  To keep waste to a minimum, the NWRI’s green toolkit was used.  The green toolkit is set of reusable dishes (plates, glasses, cutlery & bowls) available for any community member to use.  Please contact NWRI ( for more info!  The next green event will be the Vanderhoof Canada Day celebrations.

Vanderhoof Compost Site Moved

With spring finally upon us, most people are starting to work in the yard.  Unfortunately the Stewart Street Compost Site was shut down earlier this year.  But don't worry, there is still a place you can take your yard waste to be composted. The Vanderhoof Transfer Station is now accepting compost material!

The transfer station has areas designated for leaves and grass clippings.  Small volumes of brush and branches are also accepted, but the diameter must be less than 6 inches.  Trees/stumps and soil (land clearing debris) are not accepted at the site.  Please contact the RDBN (1-800-320-3339) for information regarding disposal of land clearing debris. 

Food waste cannot be taken to the transfer station for composting.  Transfer Station hours of operation can be found here.

Blue, Green, Black, and Orange

Blue, green, black and orange - not the colours of a nasty bruise, but the colours of waste management! Blue boxes and bins pertain to paper, green boxes and bins pertain to composting and black boxes and bins, well that is garbage. Orange is for all the other stuff that can be reused or recycled in our community. Click on the links below to learn more about paper recycling, composting and garbage in our community.


Paper Compost Garbage Other