Member SpotlightMember Spotlight<div class="ExternalClass7F2659E07F0A4728BFA65328B12C9B39"><p>​<strong>Halifax Regional Municipality</strong></p><p>In addition to striving to meet provincial waste diversion targets the <a href="" target="_blank"> <span lang="EN-US">Halifax Regional Municipality</span></a> has been actively working to reduce and prevent waste arising from businesses and households. The municipality promotes the notion of 'pre-cycling' i.e. the avoidance and prevention of waste before it arises; requires that event organizers segregate waste at source; and, with funding from Resource Recovery Fund Board Nova Scotia, offers presentations and workshops to groups and businesses. <br> <br>Recently, the Regional Council approved amendments to the existing by-laws to introduce a six bag cap on the volume of waste which residents are allowed to dispose via the curbside collection service. The changes require that residents now dispose of their garbage in clear bags; permit the inclusion of boxboard with paper and cardboard for recycling; and ban grass clippings from the curbside collection.</p><p>The municipality also coordinates a bi-annual, city-wide 'curbside giveaway' weekend, allowing citizens to place items they no longer want - but that are fit for re-use - at the curbside for others to take away for free. Utilizing social media and an online map to plot where items are available, the initiative maximizes the likelihood that items will be re-homed as opposed to landfilled. </p><p> <strong>The Green Spark Group</strong><strong>  </strong> <strong> </strong></p><p> The <a href="" target="_blank">Green Spark Group</a> help the motion picture industry (MPI) in BC adopt sustainable production practices. From set construction to catering for cast and production crew, producing a film can generate a variety of waste and often in significant quantities. Focusing on greenhouse gas accounting and economic development, the Green Spark Group is introducing the concept of 'closing the loop' and 'zero waste' to the local MPI, sharing examples of best practices like the zero waste strategy for the just released Disney movie Tomorrowland. Filmed in BC, the movie was nominated by the Green Spark Group for a Green Screen Award, which they won at the 2014 <a href="" target="_blank"> <span lang="EN-US">Environmental Film Festival</span></a>. Ultimately, the Green Spark Group aims to establish the BC MPI as an industry leader in zero waste.</p></div>|#c2591d37-d237-45d0-98c3-e84ee55e5dad;L0|#0c2591d37-d237-45d0-98c3-e84ee55e5dad|June 2015;GTSet|#78f153b4-3e08-4266-8725-bd656ec40488<div class="ExternalClass9054362638024652BA010BEF89807D23"><p>​This issue features <a href="" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US">Halifax Regional Municipality</span></a> which recently implemented a clear bag policy, and the <a href="" target="_blank"><span lang="EN-US">Green Spark Group</span></a> which is working to bring sustainable practices to the film industry.  </p></div>