By Meg Olson
Rebranding itself as Sustainable Point Roberts in 2020, GarbageinPR.com is putting together a slate of community activities and education efforts based on the results of a recent survey.
“The results are amazing,” said organizer Samantha Scholefield. “Our community is starting to do some really great things and we’re excited to make some great sustainability events come to life over the coming months.”
The survey, which was promoted through the GarbageinPR.com website as well as through the All Point Bulletin and community email lists, drew over 190 responses. Of those surveyed, Scholefield said, 83 percent are worried about climate change, making changes in their habits already and are looking for opportunities to make more.
A strong majority of respondents are active in waste reduction efforts in their homes, with 76 percent producing less garbage than they used to and 67 percent looking to reduce even more. Most respondents are looking for different ways to cut back on the garbage they produce, with 96 percent separating out bottles and cans for recycling, 84 percent using their own bags when they go shopping, 87 percent cutting back on single use plastic bags, and 80 percent donating unused items rather than throwing them out.
When asked what kind of events they would like to see, community cleanups had strong support with 87 respondents interested in beach cleanups and 67 in cleanups of roads and forest lands. There was also strong interest in educational opportunities to learn about sustainable cleaning, recycling, composting and waste reduction practices.
“We are working on an event calendar for the spring including an education event, a cleaning with less chemicals event, a beach walk, a bag-making event and hopefully a re-gift item silent auction,” Scholefield said. The website’s events calendar will be updated as new information becomes available.
In February, Sustainable Point Roberts will collaborate with the International Marketplace to host the Foster Love program. Backpacks and suitcases in good condition will be collected in a bin adjacent to the deli in the market to be distributed to children in foster care and in transition. “Rather than going to the landfill or the dump, let’s see these things be put to good use,” said organizer Allison Calder.