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Organics first step to zero waste

Green Communities Canada / GCNews / November 2017

The first step in achieving Ontario’s ambitious goal of zero waste is to get food waste and organics out of landfill. So says a new report from the the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario.

“It’s true,” says Laurie Westaway, former of the Green Communities Foundation. “Recycling alone will not answer or solve waste issues,” says Westaway, who works as a waste management consultant.

“What I find fascinating is that we require so much packaging to ‘protect’ our health,” she says. “Then we create health and environmental concerns with disposing of the packaging.”

“We are killing ourselves by attempting to protect ourselves.”

[ FULL ECO REPORT ]

Ontario taking next step to go waste-free

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change / 01 March 2017

Today, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray announced Ontario’s Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario: Building the Circular Economy. This new strategy outlines the province’s plan to fight climate change by reducing landfilled materials that could otherwise be reused, recycled, composted and reintegrated into the economy.

The strategy includes 15 concrete actions to build up the province’s circular economy and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfills, such as:

  • Requiring producers to take full responsibility for the environmental and financial management of their products and packaging, including small appliances, electrical tools, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, mattresses, carpets, clothing and furniture
  • Implementing a framework to reduce the volume of food and organic waste going to landfill
  • Requiring industrial, commercial and institutional sectors to divert more of the waste they produce from landfills
  • Banning certain materials, such as food waste, beverage containers, corrugated cardboard and fluorescent bulbs and tubes, from disposal and driving creative strategies to reuse and recycle these items
  • Improving oversight and accountability in the waste management sector, including by requiring producers to register and report on their waste management activities

[ FULL MEDIA RELEASE ]

Some surprises at Talking Trash

Transition Brockville / 08 August 2016

Talking Trash 2016 IMG_0383There were some surprises at the Talking Trash event, held in partnership with the City of Brockville on July 24. Did you know that take-out coffee cups are not recyclable? Lyndsay Price, the City’s solid waste officer, clarified the best handling for a number of items questioned by our visitors.

  • Waxed Paper: GARBAGE, as it cannot break down properly for the recycling. May be used for compost instead.
  • Plastic Bags: GARBAGE. Try to reduce plastic bag waste or reuse them if possible. Some stores also have special drop-offs for recycling plastic bags, so save them to drop-off next time you go in. Check out this website for further reference: http://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/s01/s01_search.html.
  • Tin Foil: RECYCLE, if reasonably clean.
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Ontario passes new Waste-Free Ontario Act

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change / 01 June 2016

ontario_logoTo help divert more waste from landfill, the province has passed the Waste-Free Ontario Act that will:

  • encourage innovation in recycling processes and require producers to take full responsibility for their products and packaging
  • lower recycling costs and give consumers access to more convenient recycling options
  • help fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gas pollution that results from the landfilling of products that could otherwise be recycled or composted
  • overhaul Waste Diversion Ontario into the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority, a strong oversight body with new compliance and enforcement powers that will oversee the new approach and existing waste diversion programs until transition is complete.

[ FULL MEDIA RELEASE ]

The rise of ‘buy me once’ shopping

The Telegram / Eleanor Tucker / 03 January 2016

buymeonce‘Every time I read something about the environment, I would get this guilty feeling that I wasn’t doing anything. I kept thinking, if people did buy things that were built to last it would have such a positive impact – both economically and environmentally.’

In the last 50 years or so, we’ve gone from investing in good quality products to the overconsumption of mass-produced goods. However, Tara is certainly not alone in longing for products that are either robust, or don’t have ‘planned obsolescence’, meaning they’re designed to become out-of-date within a known time period.

[ FULL ARTICLE ]

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