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Media Release: Create Memories, Not Garbage

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You could paint and spruce up a friend's or sibling's bike for Christmas, treat someone to a performance, and hold secret Santa charity exchanges at work. These are some of the great ideas provided in this year's Metro Vancouver Create Memories, Not Garbage holiday campaign that runs until December 24. Media Release (11/18/2015) Burnaby, BC - For the eighth year, Metro Vancouver is encouraging people to invest in creating memories rather than only buying gifts this holiday season.

Metro Vancouver Create Memories, Not Garbage holiday campaign

"Again with a festive and fun campaign, Metro Vancouver is providing great ideas for us all to be green angels and to give experiences and purchase quality gifts that will last," said Malcolm Brodie, Chair of Metro Vancouver's Zero Waste Committee.

"Not only can the gift of time be the greatest gift of all, this type of holiday giving is another way for us to reduce the amount of garbage we create in our region," he added.

Gifts like child minding or dog walking, festively wrapping up leftovers for your holiday dinner guests or buying a great gift for the whole family are meaningful ways to show how much you care.

This waste-reduction campaign will run from now through December with advertising on bus exteriors, bus shelters, and at public transit facilities, in social media, online, and on TV.

"Our annual Create Memories, Not Garbage campaign is one of many ways the regional district, its member municipalities, and partners demonstrate our commitment to generating less garbage and increasing recycling as much as we possibly can," said Board Chair Greg Moore. "It is heartening to see that every year more people become aware of the campaign, and most importantly that it influences gift giving."

Many Green Gift Ideas are posted on Metro Vancouver's Create Memories, not Garbage website. There are also Create Memories, Not Garbage and Christmas at the Landfill videos.

Residents are encouraged to share their green gift ideas and tips for creating memories using #GreenAngel on social media.

Note to news media:

The Media Room section of Metro Vancouver's website includes an archive of media releases and video stories. When a video story is playing, use the icons on the top right corner of the video to get a link or embed a video. Television stations may be interested in high-resolution, broadcast-quality versions for potential use as b-roll. Contact Metro Vancouver Media Relations to request b-roll for downloading.

Media contact:

Jean Kavanagh, Communications Specialist, Metro Vancouver
604-451-6697 office, 604-314-5964 mobile,


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