Author Archives: Andrea Graham

About Andrea Graham

I currently work in the Waste Management Services division for Halton Region as the Administration Technician. This involves data management and analysis, and financial administration of the waste collection and processing contracts. I am determined to travel the world, and you may see me scooting around town on my Vespa.

The Green Fence Policy – China tightens restrictions at its boarders

About five months ago, there was a bit of a hiccup in the world-wide recycling industry: China implemented what is known as “The Green Fence Policy.” This policy has resulted in more rigorous scrutiny of all recyclable material coming into … Continue reading

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Let’s talk food!

Did you know that March is nutrition month? I’ll admit I had never heard of this before until the Foodshare Toronto program was recently brought to my attention. It got me thinking: this is a month filled with anticipation for … Continue reading

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La Chureca – Hell on Earth

There is a place in Central America, sometimes referred to as the end of the world.  It is located in the capital city of Managua, Nicaragua, along the south shore of the second largest lake in the country. It covers … Continue reading

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Barry Commoner – Scientist and Environmental Champion

Have you ever heard any of these expressions? Everything Is Connected to Everything Else Everything Must Go Somewhere Nature Knows Best There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch Chances are you have heard at least one of these … Continue reading

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An inadvertent side effect of a Full House – How would Uncle Jesse manage all this waste?

A little while back my in-laws decided to downsize and sell their house. They got into the early spring market and voila — their house sold in record time at full asking price.  Only problem was that everything happened a … Continue reading

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Oy vey, the data! Using data to understand how much material we recycle, compost and throw away

Did you know, on a daily basis approximately 600 tonnes of total waste is collected from the curb?  Of that, 45% is Blue Box recycling and GreenCart organics, and 20% is yard waste.  And there is an average of 60 … Continue reading

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It’s National Public Works Week – a time to recognize how our environment and community is protected

Public Works is something that is actually quite difficult to define. It consists of a multitude of various services provided to the public, some are obvious, and some are not often realized. These consist of “must have” services such as … Continue reading

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A recap of Municipal Waste Association’s spring 2012 conference

In this 2 minute 30 second video, I share insights from the Municipal Waste Association‘s spring 2012 conference. I interview Wilma Bureau from Simcoe County and Jeff Lauritsen from Quinte Waste Solutions to learn what they took away from the conference, … Continue reading

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Travelogue – Up Close and Personal with Beach Plastic Litter

I recently went on a vacation that I have dreamed of for quite some time — one I may even be so bold as to call a “trip of a lifetime.” I was fortunate enough to head to the other … Continue reading

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What’s the size of Texas, made of plastic, and floating in the Pacific Ocean?

If you guessed the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” you’re right. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is also known as the largest landfill in the world, and unfortunately it is not found in a thoroughly planned, designed and controlled waste management … Continue reading

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2011 Special Waste Drop-Off Day Wrap Up

Another year of Special Waste Drop-off Days has come to a close, and we had a great year Halton! Aside from a little rain (okay, a torrential downpour) and a bit of cold weather, all four events ran very smoothly, … Continue reading

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Fall Gardening Tips and Tricks

Fall is in the air!  Literally.  You see it in the crisp mornings and shorter days, and as Halton turns into a beautiful spectacle of reds, oranges and yellows, everyone is getting ready to hunker down for the longer days … Continue reading

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Special Waste Drop-Off Day

I was talking with my neighbour and the conversation drifted to fall cleaning, and what to do with an old TV sitting in their basement. As a staff member of Halton’s Waste Management Services team, this is one of the … Continue reading

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