Walker Environmental & Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation work toward “Waste Free” Pow Wow

Waste Pie ChartHagersville, Ontario – Walker Environmental was pleased to work with the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (MNCFN) at their 29th annual Three Fires Homecoming Pow Wow and Traditional Gathering at the Mississaugas’ territory near Hagersville Ontario. The Pow Wow, held August 22nd and 23rd, celebrated customs and culture, including traditional singing, drumming and dancing.

For the second consecutive year, Walker Environmental supported the event by providing recycling, composting and used cooking oil collection services to minimize the amount of waste material sent to landfill. Volunteers from Walker and MNCFN helped Pow Wow visitors, vendors and staff sort waste and increase awareness of how waste is managed after it is discarded.

“This was a great opportunity to get involved in the community and learn about Anishinaabe and First Peoples culture,” said Walker volunteer Bobbie Thoman. “It was rewarding to receive so much positive feedback from attendees. Lots of Pow Wow visitors were really supportive of MNCFN’s effort to reduce waste and make the event as green as possible.”

Walker and MNCFN volunteers at the recycling and compost collection area during the Pow Wow. The volunteers helped divert waste from landfill and increase awareness about the importance of waste diversion

Walker and MNCFN volunteers at the recycling and compost collection area during the Pow Wow. The volunteers helped divert waste from landfill and increase awareness about the importance of waste diversion

Sixty nine per cent of the waste generated from the Pow Wow was diverted from landfill, an increase of twenty one per cent from last year. More than two tonnes of waste was recovered and will be reused in various ways. Plastics will be recycled into new products, food waste will be composted and returned to the earth and the used cooking cooking oil will be converted into biodiesel.

“We’re happy to have Walker here as a partner for a second year,” said MNCFN Cultural Committee Chair Faith Rivers. “It’s our responsibility to look after Mother Earth today and to protect the environment for the next seven generations. I was pleased to see our vendors also taking up the cause. Many of them switched to paper containers, which can be composted.”

To learn more about the MNCFN and their Three Fires Homecoming Pow Wow and Traditional Gathering, go to www.newcreditpowwow.com

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