The Thompsons held their first big barbecue of the year and it generated almost no garbage.
"We had a barbecue of about 50 people on the weekend and used compostable plates and recyclable cups and cutlery and we still only put out less than one bag of garbage," said matriarch Sheryl Thompson.
"You have to buy the kind that can be recycled," she added.
The Thompsons, a family of eight, are avid recyclers and have reduced their garbage to less than a bag a week, according to Rebecca Vaughan, communications at City of Pitt Meadows, who announced that Pitt Meadows is switching from once a week to bi-weekly garbage pickup.
Mom and dad Andrew have six kids under their roof - Christine, 18, Jamie, 17, Tamara, 14, Kathy, 11, Brianna, 11, and Keisha, eight - who all love to recycle.
"The kids set up recycling stations so it was easy for everyone to follow through," explained Sheryl.
"We were trying to have a no-garbage barbecue and made it hard for people to put anything in the garbage," said Sheryl.
If their guests were looking to throw something in the garbage then they would have to ask one of them where the garbage was, and many times it was something recyclable.
"What I know is this is a big deal for my kids. When this [recycling program] came out they were thrilled. They had no problem changing their habits," she explained, who added that they usually only fill one or two bags of recycling because they collect and return bottles as a fundraiser for Scouts.
The Thompsons use clear leaf bags because they want the garbage and recycling collectors to see what they are picking up.
"And the clear bags are cheaper than the blue bags," she said.
Sometimes the collectors just look at their house, smile, and shake their heads.
The City of Pitt Meadows is changing to a bi-weekly garbage program on July 2. For more information visit: www.pittmeadows.bc.ca, click on the bi-weekly garbage program, and download the pickup schedule.
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