A colorful assortment of discarded plastic bottles and cans, illustrating the pressing issue of environmental pollution caused by non-biodegradable waste.March 28, 2024 | Chek News via UVic News | Victoria News via UVic News

A local non-profit called the Diverters Foundation, have been collecting bottles and other recycling materials to help keep waste out of Victoria’s landfills. In an article by Chek News, the group has been quoted to have been able to divert  about 1000 pounds of bottles and recycling materials into bottle depots in the last two years.

Jutta Gutberlet, a geography professor at the University of Victoria has been a member of the foundation since it’s creation. In an interview with Victoria News, she said how she often brings members of the foundation in to talk to her students about the importance of waste diversion in the community. “Without them, there would be no recycling, so they are fundamental actors in the waste management system,” she said.

Dr. Jutta Gutberlet is a professor of Geography and director of the Community-based research laboratory at UVic. Her research often delves into topics such as participatory resource management, food security, sustainable livelihoods, waste governance, and qualitative research methodology.

If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Gutberlet’s research, we recommend checking out her author page on our institutional repository, UVicSpace!