Clean Bin Project Screening February 5th

The Clean Bin Project started as a blog about a friendly competition between some roommates to produce no garbage. The Project has a great blog that is still ongoing even after the initial year is finished, and has evolved into a must-see comedic documentary about our impact on the fragile rock we call Earth. Here’sRead More

The Clean Bin Project started as a blog about a friendly competition between some roommates to produce no garbage. The Project has a great blog that is still ongoing even after the initial year is finished, and has evolved into a must-see comedic documentary about our impact on the fragile rock we call Earth. Here’s the trailer:

The Clean Bin Project – Trailer from Grant Baldwin Videography on Vimeo.

This is an amazing film and it’s coming to it’s first ever screening in New Westminster on Saturday February 5th as part of the Royal City Farmers Market Annual General Meeting. The screening will take place at Holy Trinity Cathedral, located at 514 Carnarvon Street. The AGM doors will open at 5:30, followed by the film at 7:30. As an incentive to come to the AGM and support RCFM with a membership purchase of just $10, entrance to the film is a remarkable price of only $3. Regular admission is $10.

At the AGM, we’ll be electing a Board of Directors, and summarizing our 2010 year. We hope you can make it!

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  1. I remember these 2 from a interview on global's morning news a few years ago. Glad to see they're sticking to the program they emulated.. I looked on Youtube for the clean bin project, and found a great little interview by prendergast53, and a few other hits regarding the cross country bike tour to market this film.
    While the message of waste reduction is good, I have to ask why these smug individuals find it necessary to market, charging admission to profit, when the movie is about consumerism and waste.

    I applaud the RCFM for the work you do, perhaps had you chosen something more apropos to community gardening and growing vegetables I would attend your AGM, Certainly food creation and not waste management is at the core of the RCFM's fundamental ideals ?

  2. Hi Walter I hear what you are saying but I wanted to let you know that part of the conversation that led to us asking the Clean Bin folks to come to the AGM was that for the past two years, we *have* invited farmers to be speakers at our AGM. In 2009, Mary Forstbauer, the president of the BC Association of Farmers Markets and also a certified organic farmer in the Fraser Valley spoke, and in 2010, Chris Bodnar, who is one farmer at cooperative farming effort Glen Valley Organic Farm came and spoke about their unusual business model. Although well attended and well advertised, we didn't really see many new faces at our 2010 AGM. We asked the Clean Bin Project folks to come to our AGM to try and open up our AGM and possibly engage with an additional and new audience – folks who perhaps wouldn't normally attend the AGM (because let's face it, an AGM can be fairly boring and tedious). While your suggestion of having something about community gardening is a good one, the New Westminster Community Garden Society has already held a few workshops and I understand more are scheduled, so our thought process was that we wanted to try something a little bit different.

    Food creation is most definitely at the core of our fundamental ideals – as is protecting the regional food system and food economy and reducing our overall impact on the environment. But waste management (and reduction) is important in the cycle of the system as a whole. For example: we encourage the use of reusable shopping totes, not using unnecessary plastic bags to house produce, buying what you need locally rather than buying more than you need, as well as composting and growing your own- all things you can do to reduce waste.

    Finally, and I am speaking on behalf of Jen Arbo and not on behalf of RCFM here, Jen and Grant are far from smug. I've met them and these are two people walking the walk and not just talking the talk. They funded, filmed, and edited this movie themselves (Grant is an aspiring filmmaker) about a project they came up with and completed themselves, and they make themselves readily available for questions, resources, etc. They are very active in aspects of new media like blogging, Facebook, and Twitter – and are excited about having the opportunity to show the film in New Westminster, where it has not previously been screened. I am also guessing that the amount they make is fairly negligible when the reality of the costs to put together a screening (hall rental, audio or video equipment rentals, poster printing, their time, etc) as well as the costs they have already born to produce the documentary at all are factored in.

    I hope you reconsider and come to the AGM and Screening, but if you have no interest in the film, you are still welcome at the AGM. RCFM is grateful for all of our supporters and an AGM is one of the few times we are able to connect with them outside of the market.

  3. Hello Jen Thanks for the feedback, I would think you could generate some synergy with that garden society, are they the same group who have that plant sale in the spring ? I hear those sales are well attended. I can see why your other AGM's might be a little boring listening to talks about farming business. Maybe you might get more people interested if you offered a discount or 'society member price' from some of the vendors, similar to how you offer a discount on entrance to the screening. I think that would draw me to your agm 🙂

    Im glad food creation is part of your mission and waste reduction. Do you guys mandate the vendors to not use plastic ? What happens to organic waste from the market ? How much non-organic trash does each day of market produce ? We live it right ?

    I have never met Jen and Grant personally, and perhaps my use of smug seemed over the top, but what word do you use for the new-age green syndrome.I bet you can find a million aspiring filmmakers on youtube and vimeo these days, and few 100 million people on facebook. I don't question "the clean bin project" is a idea they came up with, its original in name only. I would imagine more then 2 billion people do what Jen and Grant do because they live in the impoverished 3rd world, with limited food, water and money to waste on creating waste. Only in our backward society constantly promoting consumption of something NEW do we celebrate projects like this as novelty . It's an OLD idea thats been with mankind since time immemorial, living within his needs.

  4. The plant sale you are referring to is run by the New Westminster Horticultural Society. It has been my experience that they are more flower focussed than food bearing plants. Their sale is great – I have gone myself for a few years, although I missed the one this year in their new location at the Armoury. the Horticultural Society is

    RCFM has worked, and will continue to work, with the NW Community Garden Society. Before their official formation, we were happy to showcase their plans and materials at our info tent all season long in 2009 (by 2010 they had formed) and invite them regularly to set up a table to attract more interest and members. We do not charge them for the space. NWCGS's website used to be but it appears the domain is expired, so you can look at their google group

    We also *do* offer at least two Member Appreciation Days a season. There is another one coming February 12th and we had the summer one July 1st. At these days, we ask all vendors to offer some sort of a promotion or discount to people who are members and show their card. Additionally, members are entitled to receive a discount on the RCFM promotional merchandise (we have some shirts that are being printed, ceramic mugs, and reusable shopping totes). All that for only $10 for an annual membership! One of our goals this coming year is to also negotiate more discounts and benefits to being a member by hopefully partnering with local New Westminster businesses.

    So far in our three years as an organization we have not mandated the vendors to not use plastic, although that is a topic on the agenda for the new board that will be elected. There are some challenges as the Fraser Health Authority requires the use of plastic disposable food safety items for the food vendors (gloves, sample servers, etc) but I'd like to see the ban on non-compostable plastic shopping bags and an official ban on bottled water (we have a large cistern for public consumption and don't allow any vendors to sell bottled water). The organic waste is often fought over by the vendors for their own composts, and whatever is leftover comes to my house. I also do all of the recycling and spend a great deal of time sorting through the garbage we generate to find more recyclables. If we get bigger we need to look at another model that addresses a higher volume of waste, but right now this works. And, in terms of non-organic trash, to give you an example, at our last winter market (which is smaller than the summer one but still sees about 500 shoppers) we had about one small garbage bag of trash and one larger garbage bag of recyclables.

    Finally, I hear where you are coming from on the eco-chic bandwagon, Walter. I used to kind of sneer at the eco-chic folks – those who were on the green bandwagon because it was trendy. Then a friend said to me "But Jen, does it matter how they get there? Doesn't it matter that they are just doing it?" And I have to agree. We can't fault those who have never been taught a better way to live their lives (and many of them have Boomer parents), but we can applaud anyone who change their ways, regardless of why they did.

    1. Well put Jen. I especially like your friend's point about whether it matters how they got there. The eco-chic folks may not come to it from the same place as the original hard core greenies, but they are doing a lot to push green behaviour mainstream.

  5. Just watched the trailer and wish I could have been in attendance to see the film. Being a part of the solution through initiatives like the RCFM are so important. In general making the choice to shop locally and find and enjoy food and products from local venders is a huge step in helping to reduce waste. I hope this movie is screened in Calgary soon! Thanks 10thFraser for highlighting this and keeping such a great focus on the awesome community of New Westminster!

  6. hello again,
    I just found out about this great opportunity to view a FREE film at SFU regarding the overpopulation of the fragile rock we call Earth, it is featured in Jennifer's blog in the burnaby now, I looked at the trailer, and I have to say, the line 'Im not trying to save the planet, when people say that they're trying to save the planet it pisses me off" and then going on about how the planet will survive no matter what we do to it, and we are the ones in danger got my attention as being truthful. The trailer for this enviro flick has a lot of screwball comedy, but don't they all. check it out @

    I read it in the paper, and I think it's great the RCFM put some money towards our poor malnourished citizens, congratulations on giving back to the community, and thanks for your honesty as to the environmental impact the RCFM creates per market. I only hope in the future you can report back that the market is "zero waste", like the new enviro chic trendy film promoted for your AGM. Ofcourse, sacrifices will likely have to be made to your operations to achieve such goals, but thats what it takes to save the fragile rock we call earth right ?

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