Top 10 blogs about recycling and waste

??????????????This blog launched in September 2011, and since then, we’ve published 236 posts about waste management! Who knew there’d be so much to say about waste?

These posts have explored our personal and collective connections to waste; they’ve touched on local, provincial, national and international issues.

That’s one of the interesting thing about waste: everyone makes it. Regardless of your social or economic status, or even where you live — everyone produces waste. And everyone has an opinion, a feeling, about waste.

When it comes to waste, there really is a lot to talk about, to share, to learn.

Top 10 red 3d realistic paper speech bubble isolated on whiteHere’s the all time, top ten blog posts we’ve published:

  1. What’s the size of Texas, made of plastic, and floating in the Pacific Ocean?
  2. What does FSC stand for?
  3. Teaching children about recycling with fun activities
  4. 4 Songs that Put Waste to Music
  5. What Earth Day means to me
  6. 2013 Halton Waste Management Guide and Collection Calendar – how it’s made
  7. True or False: Batteries should not go in the garbage?
  8. Garbage Sky High on Mount Everest
  9. Four ways waste management is changing – and what this means for jobs
  10. A day in the life of a garbage bag

What waste management issues or topics would you like us to blog about next?

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Put waste in the right place

Have you used Halton Region’s popular Put Waste In Its Place database?

Simply type the name of an item and we’ll tell you how to recycle, compost or dispose of it properly.

Here’s a list of the top five most commonly searched items in our database:

shredded-paper1. Shredded paper 

Put shredded paper in your GreenCart. Mix it in with food waste, inside a BPI certified compostable bag. The paper will absorb moisture and help reduce odours.

If you have a lot of shredded paper, consider hiring a paper shredding company. Crime Stoppers of Halton also holds annual shredding events; there are two events in May 2014.

2. Sofa

Sofas are accepted as bulk waste, or can be dropped off at the Halton Waste Management Site (standard disposal fees apply).

3. Cardboard box

Cardboard boxes go in the Blue Box. Please flatten cardboard boxes and remove any plastic liners (like a cereal bag).

Glass_Bottles4. Glass jar

Glass jars go in the Blue Box. Please give glass jars a quick rinse first. Metal lids can go loose in the Blue Box too.

5. Mattress

Due to concerns about bed bugs, most charities cannot reuse mattresses. Mattresses are accepted as bulk waste, or can be dropped off at the Halton Waste Management Site (standard disposal fees apply).

If you’re ever unsure how to dispose of an item, remember: Halton Region is just a click away!

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Get your garden growing – Halton’s Compost Giveaway is coming soon

Each year during Compost Giveaway, Halton Region offers compost to Halton residents free of charge.

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Remember your shovel, bags/bins and non-perishable food donations. Pull up to a pile of compost and start digging!

The spring Compost Giveaway is taking place Monday, May 5 to Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Halton Waste Management Site.

During the event, tweet us @HaltonRecycles and use the event hashtag #HaltonCompost.

Residents can take up to the equivalent of 7 garbage bags of compost per household.

Remember to bring a shovel (residents must shovel and bag their own compost), and your own container (garbage bags, yard waste bags, reusable containers, or pick-up bed trailer).

During Compost Giveaway, Halton Region coordinates a food drive to support local food banks. Residents are encouraged to make a donation of non-perishable food items or cash.

When using compost in your garden, remember to mix compost with topsoil or another gardening fill. For best growing results, a 60/40 split (60% topsoil and 40% compost) is recommended.

The compost available is made from yard waste, not GreenCart material.

We hope to see you there!

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Coming soon: Special Waste Drop-off Days

Make it easy: separate your household hazardous waste and electronic waste inside your car. You'll be dropping off household hazardous waste first.

Separate your household hazardous waste and electronic waste inside your personal vehicle. You’ll drop off household hazardous waste first, then electronic waste.

To make the recycling of household hazardous waste and electronic waste more convenient to residents, Halton Region holds Special Waste Drop-off Days throughout the year.

During the event, tweet us @HaltonRecycles and use the event hashtag #HaltonDropOff.

The first Special Waste Drop-off Day in 2014 is coming up on Saturday, April 26 at the Robert C. Austin Operations Centre in Georgetown.

Visit Halton Region’s website for a list of acceptable household hazardous waste and electronic waste, dates, times and locations. Special Waste Drop-off Days are for Halton residents only. No commercial wastes are accepted.

We hope to see you there!

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“What Earth Day means to me” by Omar Hadi

Earth Day peopleOur home planet, Earth, is the only world known to us to contain life. We depend on it. We all walk on the surface of the Earth, we all breathe the air supplied by Earth, and so it should be our duty to show care by taking a stand. Things like littering and pollution should not be taken lightly. Carbon dioxide emissions are decreasing the pH levels in the oceans and, in essence, it is acidifying them. Did you know that 1% of Australia’s untapped geothermal power is enough to provide energy to the whole world for about 26,000 years! As a global community, we can eliminate problems step by step, but first we must all make an effort.

Earth’s complexity has increased dramatically, from bacteria to multi-cellular life, human civilization, and technology. Earth has never disappointed us.

Earth Day shows recognition for our planet, and provides us with a reminder on how to take a step further in protecting our planet. It promotes this idea and motivates many to acknowledge facts about pollution. Taking care of our planet shouldn’t be ephemeral. Even after Earth Day, we must make a continued effort because together we can make a dream a reality, together we can palliate the mistreatment our Earth has received.

Students recyclingAs inhabitants of this planet, it is our duty to help eradicate this problem. A small deed, such as picking up litter you spot on the sidewalk, can make a big difference. If we work together as one, we can achieve our goals to help the Earth. Get a pencil and paper, and write down at least three things you want to do as an individual to help our planet. Recycle the newspaper. If everyone did this, we could save more than 250 million trees annually!

Go Green! That is the new war cry of many considered global citizens, from food manufacturers to financial institutions, more and more people are taking on the responsibility of preserving our environment.

It makes me wonder, why do these problems concerning Earth even exist? Considering that Earth is the sole reason for our survival, the fact that the next generation and the generation after that will still live in the same world, shouldn’t these reasons be  enough for us to completely eradicate these issues?

If you share my opinion, then let Earth Day be your day to shine. Do something that really stands out. Encourage others, and be a role model to those younger than you. Together we can spread the message, but to help change the world for the better, you must start with yourself. Contemplate the future. What would you want it to be like? We can help make the future better, starting now. Never overlook a small thing you can do to help our home planet. As citizens of the world, each of us is responsible for the health of our planet. Our choices and our actions contribute to the well-being or deterioration of the environment. Yet, it’s our home, and it’s the only one we have. If we don’t care about our environment, who will? It’s all up to us.

We are the change. Together we can achieve anything. Together we change the world.

About this guest blogger:

Omar Hadi, Guest Blogger

Omar Hadi, Guest Blogger

Omar Hadi is a Grade 7 student at Sir Ernest MacMillan Public School. He has a humorous personality, and is interested in physics, literature, and architecture. He hopes to one day attend Harvard!

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“What Earth Day means to me” by Christina Stratford

What words come to mind when you think about Earth? Beautiful, luscious…our home.

Yet, there are only some places on our planet that look like what I have just described. If you want to make every place in the world look like this, then Earth Day is for you! On April 22, people from all around the world help out by doing little things in their community to improve the environment. According to Earth Day Network, more than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day. Imagine how much garbage is picked up or how much electricity is saved. That is only one day!

Unfortunately, there are some who do not care or just think it is a waste of time and effort. Do those people really care what is going on in their world? Probably not. So there are haters in the world. Do not let that affect what you will do on Earth Day. When you do a small deed, like picking up garbage off the street, you really do help the environment. Imagine if every person picked up one piece of garbage each day. Think of how clean the Earth could be! By the looks of things, this planet is where your children will live and your children’s children. If we can do our part now, we will make a difference for them. This is your chance to show your community that you are passionate about respecting the Earth. If you can convince one person to join in, and that person convinces another and so on, we could make a huge impact in a good way.

Earth is the only planet we call home. If garbage continues to pile up, what are we going to do? This is our planet. This is our home. Consider Earth Day as an opportunity. Pick up that piece of garbage or turn out the lights when you leave a room. We are the only ones who can make the difference. It does not matter how big or small you are, we can make change possible.

Together we can make a difference.

About this guest blogger:

Christina Stratford, Guest Blogger

Christina Stratford, Guest Blogger

Christina Stratford is a Grade 7 student at Sir Ernest MacMillan Public School. She is interested in soccer, basketball, and volleyball. She hopes to one day become a teacher!

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“What Earth Day means to me” by Sam Bisutti

EarthDay2014-MakeItCountApril 22, not only is it my birthday, but it is also the day of an environmental event taking place all over the world. It’s Earth Day, and that means many things to many different people. Let me explain what Earth day means to me, and some ideas on what you can do on Earth Day.

I believe that Earth Day is a day to appreciate the planet that we live on. It’s a day to do something involving the nature around you. One thing you could do is, go on a hike or go to an environmental event. For example, you could see a bird tagging or a presentation on what we need to do to protect this planet. You could simply watch a documentary like Planet Earth or The Inconvenient Truth. Do something that respects this wonderful planet. Perhaps try to find something you can do to improve it. This Earth day is on a Monday, and I’m busy on Mondays. So, if you’re busy like me, just do something the day before, or after.

showerOne thing I know for sure is that I definitely need to cut down on my shower time. So, that is what I will try to do this year. Just one little deed can make a difference. It may not be big, but if everyone on the entire planet did something, it would change the world. Think of it like an environmental New Year’s Resolution.There is always a way to improve. If you think you are doing everything perfectly, the chances are you’re probably wrong. So, learn something new, because you can make a difference!

I hope you all have a wonderful Earth Day.

About this guest blogger:

Sam Bisutti, Guest Blogger

Sam Bisutti, Guest Blogger

Hi, I’m Sam Bisutti. I’m currently in grade 7, and go to Sir Ernest MacMillan Public School in Burlington. I have enjoyed the outdoors, basketball and writing since I was little.

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