Zero Waste for Special Occasions Presentation

The Comox Strathcona waste management service (CSWM) invites residents to the Comox Valley compost education centre (4795 Headquarters Road, Courtenay) on Saturday, April 27 from 10 -11 a.m. for an interactive presentation by waste reduction educator Gayle Bates. 

Now is the time of year for hosting family reunions, weddings, graduation parties or team celebrations. Gayle will offer suggestions for reducing waste and costs through creative planning, how to shop, what items to share and crafty creations. 

“More and more people are concerned about what ends up in the landfill after a celebration, but don't know what approach to take to host a zero-waste function,” says Bates. “Making it all come together can pose a challenge.” 

Gayle is a local guru in the field of event planning and has successfully hosted a number of large scale community events while staying true to the ‘Power of R' message – rethink, refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle. This presentation will provide participants with some easy-to-implement ideas that will reduce the event's cost and impact on the environment.  
The workshop will be a great opportunity to meet others who have a passion for throwing a party and who want to share their tips for making special occasions more wonderful than they are wasteful.  For more information on programs and events at the compost education centres, visit

The Comox Strathcona waste management (CSWM) service is a function of the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and is responsible for two regional waste management centres that serve the Comox Valley and Campbell River, as well as a range of transfer stations and smaller waste-handling and recycling facilities for the electoral areas of the CVRD and the Strathcona Regional District. The CSWM service manages over 100,000 tonnes of waste and recycled material and oversees a number of diversion and education programs. 


Media contact:
Koreen Gurak
Manager of communications
Comox Valley Regional District
Tel: 250-334-6066