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Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - North Shore News - A21

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April 15 • 5:00-9:00PM April 16 • 9:30AM-5:30PM April 17 • 11:00AM-5:00PM

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A22 - North Shore News - Wednesday, April 13, 2011

HOME SHOW Recycled Patio Environmentally Friendly Furniture If you are looking for outdoor furniture to complete your patio, but you don’t want to spend a lot of time caring for it, you have just found the right product! Recycled Patio has been in business in Squamish, BC since July 31, 2010, but it has been available in Ontario since 2008. They are the only licenced retailer for this line of maintenance free poly furniture west of Toronto. Their quality pieces of handcrafted furniture is made of 100% recycled plastic. The high density polyethylene raw material is derived from postconsumer bottle waste such as milk

containers. The material is cleaned in a decontamination process to a purity level of over 99% HDPE. It is

...derived from post-consumer bottle waste such as milk containers.

then compounded into rigid board stock material; the resulting finished product containing over 90% recycled post-consumer waste by weight. Just to give you an idea, it takes the equivalent of 550 milk jugs to make one Adirondack chair. That’s about 55 pounds of plastic that would otherwise end up in our landfills. Recycled Patio’s fine outdoor furniture is built by an Amish family

in Pennsylvania, who has been building furniture for over 35 years. About 3 years ago, they were introduced to this recycled material, and because of its outstanding qualities they decided to replace their cedar with it. Built with the

This maintenancefree poly furniture is available in 14 colours.

same craftsmanship as their wood furniture, poly furniture is maintenance-free furniture that can be left outside all year round. It requires no maintenance such as painting, scraping or staining and it is termite resistant. It will not weather from natural elements, and will not crack, splinter, warp

or rot. It does not promote bacterial growth or mildew and it will not absorb liquids. Because the plastic is pore-less, mould, mildew and algae cannot attach to it and water cannot get inside of it, so no contraction and expansion is possible. The furniture is assembled with stainless steel hardware, and the Amish actually use Canadian Robertson screws. For extra durability, the furniture is bolted together with ¼ inch stainless steel bolts. Last, but not least, the plastic is U.V. stabilized guaranteeing that the colours won’t fade over the years. The U.V. stabilizer and the colour pigmentation are added to the plastic as it is being melted, so the colour is through the entire piece and the stabilizer is inside the plastic; not sprayed on. Also, the U.V. stabilizer allows the chairs

to not retain heat, even if left in the sun! This maintenance-free poly furniture is available in 14 colours. Recycled Patio offers Adirondack chairs, loungers, rockers, gliders, benches, footrests, tables & chairs, swings, swing stands and bridges. The gliders, benches and swings are available in three different sizes and styles. Come down to the West Van Spring Home and Garden Show this weekend and check out this environmentally friendly and unique furniture! Visit John and Marie and for this weekend’s Home Show, they will deliver and fully assemble your furniture at no extra cost!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - North Shore News - A23

Cornerstone Landscape & Construction Group Ltd. Cornerstone is a home grown business that is redefining the client & contractor relationship while growing new divisions in excavation, masonry, and millworking. With over 25 years of experience and expertise in the building and landscaping industry cornerstone has gone from a small operation flourishing into a multi service based company for residential construction, renovations and landscaping. With a fleet of trucks servicing the North Shore, they are building custom homes and renovations, have added an excavation and trucking division and opened a new office, warehouse, and mill shop. They have recruited the best talent in certified journeymen carpenters, horticulturalists and stone masons offering their team a diverse range of projects, all this during an economic downturn. Cornerstone has earned a reputation for pride and quality in workmanship, accuracy with budgeting, reliability and range of services. Cornerstone’s clients benefit from a number of full service divisions with sub trades and designers working in unity to offer the highest standard of customer service available on the market today. With divisions specializing

One company, on budget, on time— Cornerstone, committed to quality in custom homes, renovations and carpentry, excavation and trucking, masonry, landscape & Design and Garden Maintenance allows them to take on any project, small or large, from start to finish. If you are considering improving your home or property choosing the experts with a proven track record is the way many north shore residents have gone with absolute satisfaction. Cornerstone understands that a person’s home is one of their biggest investments and treats each project very seriously giving this successful business a proven reputation in excellence.

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A24 - North Shore News - Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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HOME SHOW April 15, 16, 17, 2011

West Vancouver Ice Arena (22 N D & GO R D O N )

For more information, call 604-984-4307

April 15, 5:00-9:00PM • April 16, 9:30AM-5:30PM April 17, 11:00AM-5:00PM

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REVITALIZE

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - North Shore News - A25

did you know? • That if you install a fireplace, you will get 94% of the money you spent back when you sell your home • That if you renovate your bathroom, you will get 69% of the money you spent back when you sell your home • That if you renovate your kitchen, you will get 79% of the money you spent back when you sell your home

top ten tips for a smooth reno 1 Draw up a wish list.

6 Don’t forget your front exterior.

2 Keep renovations in character.

7 Put your money in kitchens and bathrooms.

3 Don’t be excessively trendy or ambitious.

8 Higher ceilings look better.

4 Use colour carefully and thoughtfully.

9 Consider the resale value of the property after building.

5 Think how you can maximize space or the sense of space.

10 Check your basic structure before starting.

FREE COFFEE

FREE ADMISSION

generously supplied by STARBUCKS Dundarave

R E N O VAT E

R E J U V E N AT E

R E V I TA L I Z E

your kitchen, finish your basement or replace your windows and roof

the inside of your home with new flooring, furniture or re-organize your closet

your yard with a custom landscape design, new patio furniture, irrigation system, or heat up the grills with a new BBQ

Rugby Construction Group Universal Heating and Plumbing Bill Curtis & Associates Design Ltd. Penfolds Roofing Nana Wall Systems Inc. Networx Windows & Doors West Coast Geothermal Bath Fitter Irly Building Centre (Lynn Valley) Basement Finishing Systems Euro Gutters Ltd.

STOR-X Organizing Systems KUL Enterprises Inc. BC Hardwood Floor Co. Ltd. ADT Security Canada North Shore Elegant Painting Cypress Home Products Powerhouse Tile Ltd. Modern Home Furnishing Woodabulous Flooring Price’s Alarms Molly Maid

Cornerstone Landscape & Construction Group Ltd. Dream Decks Inc. Distinctive Landscape Lighting Ltd. I-XL Masonry Supplies Ltd. Recycled Patio Environmentally Friendly Furniture The Tree People Cypress Spas Ultra Stone Inc. Arbutus Vinyl Ltd.

Cascadia Ecohomes Ltd.

York Heating and Air Conditioning Crown Roofing & Drainage Centra Windows Inc. Garador Timeless Homefix Solutions Ltd. Lyonstone Mantels & Hoods Western Reclaimed Timber Corp. Ecowest Renovations Ltd. Kennedy Construction Custom Cooling Solutions Ltd. Viessmann Manufacturing

Expedia Cruise Ship Centers – West Vancouver Costco Wholesale Fantan Thermomix Zap Marketing All Surface Refinishing & Coatings Ltd. Monarch Floors & Window Coverings Certa Pro Painters Solarus Sauna & Vibration Machine

Summit Irrigation & Landscape Design Perfect Railing & Awning Ltd. 21st Century Ventures Ltd. SYNLawn “Dog Rocks” Canada Pacific Rock & Concrete North Shore Recycling Program Four Seasons Sunrooms Iron Age Manufacturing Ltd. Sun Bright Solar Inc.


A24 - North Shore News - Wednesday, April 13, 2011

RENOVATE

HOME SHOW April 15, 16, 17, 2011

West Vancouver Ice Arena (22 N D & GO R D O N )

For more information, call 604-984-4307

April 15, 5:00-9:00PM • April 16, 9:30AM-5:30PM April 17, 11:00AM-5:00PM

REJUVENATE

REVITALIZE

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - North Shore News - A25

did you know? • That if you install a fireplace, you will get 94% of the money you spent back when you sell your home • That if you renovate your bathroom, you will get 69% of the money you spent back when you sell your home • That if you renovate your kitchen, you will get 79% of the money you spent back when you sell your home

top ten tips for a smooth reno 1 Draw up a wish list.

6 Don’t forget your front exterior.

2 Keep renovations in character.

7 Put your money in kitchens and bathrooms.

3 Don’t be excessively trendy or ambitious.

8 Higher ceilings look better.

4 Use colour carefully and thoughtfully.

9 Consider the resale value of the property after building.

5 Think how you can maximize space or the sense of space.

10 Check your basic structure before starting.

FREE COFFEE

FREE ADMISSION

generously supplied by STARBUCKS Dundarave

R E N O VAT E

R E J U V E N AT E

R E V I TA L I Z E

your kitchen, finish your basement or replace your windows and roof

the inside of your home with new flooring, furniture or re-organize your closet

your yard with a custom landscape design, new patio furniture, irrigation system, or heat up the grills with a new BBQ

Rugby Construction Group Universal Heating and Plumbing Bill Curtis & Associates Design Ltd. Penfolds Roofing Nana Wall Systems Inc. Networx Windows & Doors West Coast Geothermal Bath Fitter Irly Building Centre (Lynn Valley) Basement Finishing Systems Euro Gutters Ltd.

STOR-X Organizing Systems KUL Enterprises Inc. BC Hardwood Floor Co. Ltd. ADT Security Canada North Shore Elegant Painting Cypress Home Products Powerhouse Tile Ltd. Modern Home Furnishing Woodabulous Flooring Price’s Alarms Molly Maid

Cornerstone Landscape & Construction Group Ltd. Dream Decks Inc. Distinctive Landscape Lighting Ltd. I-XL Masonry Supplies Ltd. Recycled Patio Environmentally Friendly Furniture The Tree People Cypress Spas Ultra Stone Inc. Arbutus Vinyl Ltd.

Cascadia Ecohomes Ltd.

York Heating and Air Conditioning Crown Roofing & Drainage Centra Windows Inc. Garador Timeless Homefix Solutions Ltd. Lyonstone Mantels & Hoods Western Reclaimed Timber Corp. Ecowest Renovations Ltd. Kennedy Construction Custom Cooling Solutions Ltd. Viessmann Manufacturing

Expedia Cruise Ship Centers – West Vancouver Costco Wholesale Fantan Thermomix Zap Marketing All Surface Refinishing & Coatings Ltd. Monarch Floors & Window Coverings Certa Pro Painters Solarus Sauna & Vibration Machine

Summit Irrigation & Landscape Design Perfect Railing & Awning Ltd. 21st Century Ventures Ltd. SYNLawn “Dog Rocks” Canada Pacific Rock & Concrete North Shore Recycling Program Four Seasons Sunrooms Iron Age Manufacturing Ltd. Sun Bright Solar Inc.


A26 - North Shore News - Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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Backyard Composting: even more important than we thought! ELIZABETH LEBOE AND AMANDA VANTOL, North Shore Recycling Program (NSRP)

Almost Zero Waste “I can’t believe that my family of six only puts out one tiny bag of garbage each week!” Jennifer Read, her husband David and 4 children – Jared, Curren, Leah and Tanner – were one of 25 families participating in the North Shore Recycling Program’s composter diversion study to measure the amount of waste the average family can keep off the curb by composting. “We knew backyard composting was instrumental in reducing materials placed at the curb for collection and disposal,” says Elizabeth Leboe, Community Programs Coordinator at the NSRP, “but we’ve never had numbers to back up our estimates. Now we do!” Compared to an average North Shore household, study results show that a composting household, practicing smart purchasing habits, can reduce its garbage by a full can each week, reduce its yard-trimmings by half a can per week and keep a total of 437kg of organic materials off the curb per year! “Composting”, says Jennifer, “was a critical step moving us toward zero waste!”

11 Months of Measurements

Curbside Reductions and Cost Savings

As Metro Vancouver strives to divert 70% of our region’s waste from disposal by 2015, it is increasingly important that we know just how much material we are generating and diverting.

In 2010, North Shore single-family households placed 19,409 tonnes of garbage and 10,638 tonnes of yard trimmings at the curb for collection; that’s about 3.3 cans at the curb per house each week.

“Metro Vancouver estimates that a backyard composter diverts 250kg from the curbside collection stream each year,” says Leboe “but in fact, no one has actually taken detailed measurements to determine the accuracy of that number.”

By composting their organics, our 25 families reduced their average weekly set-out to 1.7 cans, saving the municipality $35 in annual tipping fees (charges assessed to the municipality for taking materials to the transfer station). This “missing can-and-a-half” or $35 may not seem like much, but consider that there are over 23,000 households on the North Shore using composters.

Last year, the NSRP set out to measure exactly how much organic material a household with compost training can keep off the curb. Twenty-five families received hands-on training and followed the Composting in Bear Country guidelines jointly developed by the NSRP and the North Shore Black Bear Society (NSBBS). For 11 months in 2010, these generous and diligent families tracked their garbage and yard trimmings set-outs and actually weighed the food waste, lowquality household papers and yard trimmings that they added to their composts.

Jennifer Read and family with their total garbage for one week.

These households are keeping over 10,100 tonnes of organics off the curb each year and saving the North Shore municipalities over $800,000 annually. But, there are still another 15,000 single-family households that are not composting on the North Shore. Just imagine the reductions in truck trips to the transfer station and Cache Creek, tipping-fee savings and healthier gardens when more households start managing their own organics through composting! If you choose to become a household that starts composting your organics on site, we can help.

You Can Try It, Too!

Curren holding a graph of what we thought was composted and what we actually measured. The real key to composting in bear country is managing bear attractants: garbage, fruit trees, bird-feeders, dirty barbeques, outdoor freezers and pet food left outside. “By managing or removing bear attractants in your yard and composting effectively,” advises Christine Miller of the NSBBS, “you will decrease the amount of smelly garbage attracting bears to your neighbourhood.”

Help Getting Started It’s easy to start composting and, right away, you will notice a significant reduction in the garbage you carry to the curb. • Buy a municipally-subsidized compost bin and aerating tool (buyabin.northshorerecycling.ca)

The most important steps to successful, bear-safe composting are to: aerate every time you add food to the bin; match the volume of kitchen scraps with an equal volume of high-carbon ‘browns;’ and never compost protein-rich foods in bear country.

• Download our Composting in Bear Country brochure (bearcountry.gardensmart.ca)

The easiest source of “brown” is fallen leaves hoarded in autumn. But torn-up newspaper, paper towels and napkins, tissue paper, cardboard egg cartons and toilet paper rolls are all low-quality household papers available yearround that will help you meet your compost’s carbon requirements.

• Register for our May 28 Compost Workshop (gardensmart.ca)

• Watch our 2-minute ‘how-to-compost’ videos (howto.northshorerecycling.ca) • Phone the Compost Hotline (604-736-2250)

The NSRP and the NSBBS will be at the West Vancouver Spring Home Show. Drop by and we’ll show you how to compost safely in Bear Country. We challenge you to get closer to zero waste, just like the Read family!

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