Community Petition – Sign one today!
We are asking for your signature to support of the creation of a Point Roberts Recycling & Refuse District.
Point Roberts has the unique opportunity to become a leader in waste reduction within Whatcom County. Reducing waste and changing recycling is a topic that is in the news daily. The size of the population and the remote location of Point Roberts make the community uniquely suited for the creation of a recycling and garbage disposal district.
A district would focus on engaging the community, increasing recycling options and providing hands on education to customers looking to reduce their waste footprint.
Why is the district necessary to achieve these goals?
- Engage the community: By having elections for a community board, the community will be engaged through the electoral process and the decision making will be responsive ongoing local feedback.
- Increase recycling: We have the unique opportunity to utilize the recycling facilities in British Columbia. If we increase the products we are able to recycle through the district, we can substantially reduce our impact on landfills.
- Education: We have been asking for education and been promised education. However, this has not happened. Within our own district, the community can provide education and we believe this will lead to success in reducing garbage.
Why do we think this is a good fit for Point Roberts? Since the new garbage mandate was introduced, we have held 3 community events to reduce garbage and we’ve had fantastic participation. Our November clothing drive donated more than 5000 pounds of clothing to local charities and over 1000 pounds to fabric recycling. At the Community Spring Faire, we set up a recycling education station and answered public questions about how to reduce garbage. On June 8, we participated in World Oceans Day and collected 20 bags of garbage off a single beach with 20 volunteers over 1 hour.
This ballot measure if approved would not conflict or change the current contract that the County has with Cando for curbside pick-up. Any changes to that contract would be at the sole discretion of the County.
The petition will be submitted to County Council for their review and consideration.