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About joycewychan

I'm Joyce Chan, the Waste Management Program Coordinator for Halton Region where I am involved with project management. I am an avid skier and by using the Blue Box and GreenCart we can all help keep winter white.

New waste management legislation proposed for Ontario

On June 6, 2013, Ontario’s Minister of the Environment Jim Bradley, introduced Bill 91 to the Ontario Legislature. Bill 91 – An Act to establish a new regime for the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste and to repeal the … Continue reading

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Shopping for a new fridge

I recently had to purchase a new fridge after my 30-year-old fridge reached was on its last leg. After hiring an electrician to have the fridge fixed many times, we decided it was cheaper to buy a new fridge. New … Continue reading

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Greening for golf

Did you know the sport of golf and the environmental movement have a long standing relationship? Some golf courses in the Great Toronto Area are built on closed landfills and other  golf courses are working towards being certified for their environmental … Continue reading

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All aboard! Next stop…waste diversion!

Many people would argue that train travel is one of the most sustainable modes of transportation. According to the Railway Association of Canada, Canada’s rail sector moves more than 70% of all surface goods each year, yet only accounts for … Continue reading

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Floating cities and the waste they create

I recently had the opportunity to call a new place home for 14 nights.  This new home is a magical place where you can throw your towels on the floor and they get cleaned and replaced twice a day.  There … Continue reading

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Reusing plastic milk bags

Canadians should be proud of some of the life changing inventions they have pioneered.  However, Canadians have also invented a number of items that have wreaked havoc to the planet.  The familiar green garbage bag was a Canadian invention.  Canadians … Continue reading

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Travelogue: Dubai

Dubai, located in the United Arab Emirates, is home to some of the most grandiose infrastructures in the world with human-made islands in the middle of the ocean and a ski resort in the desert.  Dubai is also currently home to … Continue reading

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Road Trip!

It is the start of summer. For many of us, it is also the start of summer road trips.  Whether a trip to the cottage or exploring Canada, here are some tips that can help make the trip greener. Make … Continue reading

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Recycling old recycling bins

Most of us are familiar with the materials accepted by our municipal curbside recycling programs, items like paper, cardboard, steel and aluminum cans, and certain plastic packaging But did you ever wonder what happens to those materials that are a … Continue reading

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Halton residents divert a lot of waste at Special Waste Drop-off Days

  The final numbers are in for all seven of 2012’s Special Waste Drop-Off Days. Over 5,200 vehicles dropped off materials at our seven events — in fact, Halton residents diverted 108 tonnes of household hazardous waste and 128 tonnes … Continue reading

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Greening healthcare

It’s that time of year again when facial tissues out number the dollar bills I have in my purse.  Yes, it’s cold and flu season! As you reach for the bottle of medication to help make you feel better faster, … Continue reading

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Fifty Shades of Blue

Recycling bins are coloured blue based on the first curbside recycling program in Ontario. Starting March 2013, Halton Region will be offering new Blue Boxes.  These Blue Boxes will be larger: 83 litres (22 gallons) instead of the current 60 litres (16 … Continue reading

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Protect the environment when skiing, snowboarding and tubing

We’re hitting the slopes at Glen Eden, learning how we can protect the environment while skiing, snowboarding and tubing.

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Please check your carry-on for waste

“Ladies and gentlemen we are approaching our final descent.  The cabin crew will be by to pick up any service items.” If you have ever flown on a plane, you would have most likely heard this announcement.  In some instances, … Continue reading

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2013 Halton Waste Management Guide and Collection Calendar – how it’s made

Starting this week, residents of Halton Region will start to receive their 2013 Waste Management Guide & Collection Calendar.  This annual publication not only provides you with your waste collection schedule, but also provides information about Blue Box and GreenCart … Continue reading

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The history of recycling in Ontario

Have you ever wondered why the recycling box is blue? Or why only certain materials are accepted for recycling? Or even where recycling started? Proof of recycling can actually be found all the way back to 400 BCE, however modern … Continue reading

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Plastics by the numbers

Halton residents love to recycle!  In fact, over 90% of Halton households place a Blue Box out for collection every week!  If there’s one material type that causes confusion and concern, it’s plastics! There are many different types of products … Continue reading

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Do you know what’s in your cell phone?

At a recent family function, I pulled out my cell phone to answer a text message.  My family members were appalled — not because I was being rude and answering a text message, but because I have an “old” cell … Continue reading

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Going green while going for the gold at the Olympics

The countdown is on — the London 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics Games are only days away. This major sporting event is enjoyed by tens of thousands of spectators in the host city and is watched by hundreds of millions … Continue reading

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Guess what Mom and Dad? I got a job at a landfill!

I recently started working for Halton Region Waste Management Services as a Waste Management Program Coordinator. While in the past I have worked in the waste management industry, my office has always been removed from frontline activities.  Most other Greater … Continue reading

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