Ontario recognizes Waste Reduction Week

Categories: How To
Published on: October 18, 2016

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change / 17 October 2016

Here’s how you can help:

  • Compost your food waste. A compost bin is an easy way to reduce organic waste, like fruit and vegetable peelings, stale bread and even paper products like napkins or paper towels.
  • If re-useable products aren’t available, choose easily recyclable items, like aluminum cans and glass bottles.
  • Purchase products that are returnable, reusable or refillable.
  • Learn to love your tap water.
  • Make wise packaging selections – buy in bulk and avoid individually wrapped items or single-serve containers whenever possible.
  • Bring a reusable bag with you to the store instead of using plastic bags.
  • Reduce your paper footprint by printing less at work, having your bills and bank statements sent to you electronically, and reading newspapers and magazines online instead of having them delivered to your home.
  • Skip the paper towels and use washable towels and rags to dry your hands or clean up spills.
  • If you have clothing or household items you don’t use anymore, give them to a friend or donate to a charity.
  • Share your own ideas and post them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Be sure to tag @ONenvironment and use hashtag #WasteReductionWeek.