Victoria, BC—The Capital Regional District (CRD) is launching a new awareness campaign today to educate residents about the environmental impact of chemical-based cleaning products and promote homemade alternatives with a new book of easy-to-make recipes.
“Every chemical we put down the drain has the potential to impact our ocean, streams and shorelines,” says CRD Director Judy Brownoff, chair of the region’s Environmental Services Committee. “Wastewater treatment prevents some—but not all—chemicals from entering the ocean, so keeping household hazardous waste like cleaners and solvents out of our region’s drains and toilets will always be an important first step in protecting the environment.”
Released as part of the CRD’s Earth Day celebrations, the new Clean Green Cookbook offers residents fourteen effective, low-cost and easy-to-make recipes for everything from all-purpose cleaners and degreasers to hand scrubs and liquid laundry soap.
“Clean water begins at home,” says Brownoff, “and giving our residents the information and tools they need to help them take action—including eco-friendly alternatives that protect our region’s natural resources—is the number one priority of this campaign.”
Residents interested in making the switch to natural products should dispose of any unused or expired chemical cleaners free-of-charge through Hartland Landfill’s household hazardous waste program.
The Clean Green Cookbook can be downloaded at www.crd.bc.ca/cleangreen and a series of videos showing the recipes being made and used will post to the CRD’s Facebook and YouTube pages this month.
CRD staff will also be handing out the cookbook and a number of other environmentally-friendly cleaning tools at retailers and events across the region over the coming weeks.
Proud to be recognized as one of BC’s Top Employers and Canada’s Greenest Employers, the CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at www.crd.bc.ca.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Melanie Tromp Hoover, Communications Supervisor
CRD Environmental Services