Category Archives: Blue Box

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 … Continue reading

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Egg-cellent information about recycling

Sunny-side, over easy, scrambled or hard-boiled — who doesn’t love an egg? Remember, egg shells go in the GreenCart. Paper egg cartons go in the GreenCart. Clear plastic egg cartons go in the Blue Box. Styrofoam egg cartons go in … Continue reading

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School lunch programs and the packaging waste they create

When I was in elementary school, we’d have hot dog days once every few months. Parents would get together and steam hot dogs in the staff room. The hot dogs came wrapped in a paper napkin, and we had a … Continue reading

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Online shopping — is it good for the environment?

Online shopping has gained a lot of momentum over the last few years, as retailers of all sorts move toward making it more convenient for consumers to shop. What doesn’t sound appealing about shopping in your pajamas, out of the … Continue reading

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Will you be my green Valentine?

It may feel like we’ve just gotten through the holiday season and now it is already time to start thinking about yet another holiday — Valentine’s Day. While Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love, it can result in a lot … Continue reading

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2014 Halton Waste Management Guide and Collection Calendar – how it’s made

Starting tomorrow, residents of Halton Region will start to receive their 2014 Waste Management Guide & Collection Calendar. This popular guide — the largest public document produced by Halton — provides you with your waste collection schedule, and information about Blue … Continue reading

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It started with a pickle bottle and a can

I was doing my dishes before meeting with a women’s conversation group. Beside the sink, there was a bottle and a can. I thought, “My children’s future: the glass in this bottle will never turn back to beach sand, and … Continue reading

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Wrap it up in environmentally friendly ways!

The holiday season is officially here! Festive music, tempting treats, colourful decorations and gift giving! Although a most wonderful time of the year, generous gift giving can create a lot of waste. You may be surprised to learn that gift … Continue reading

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Update on Ontario’s Waste Reduction Act

Earlier this summer, HaltonRecycles wrote about the new waste management legislation introduced to the Ontario Legislature on June 6, 2013: Bill 91, the Waste Reduction Act and Waste Reduction Strategy. The proposed Act will help to establish a new system … Continue reading

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Five person family — one bag of garbage

I was out walking with my kids the evening before our waste collection day and my 6 year old commented that a neighbour down the street had A LOT of garbage. It’s funny what kids notice! I decided against speculating … Continue reading

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Municipalities work together and encourage you to “recycle more”

Traditionally, Blue Box recycling programs in Ontario have varied from municipality to municipality. That’s now starting to change, with many municipalities accepting the same sort of materials, especially when it comes to rigid plastic packaging. Representing nearly 7 million people, … Continue reading

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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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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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Cups runneth over

The summer season is in full swing — bringing long weekends and warmer temperatures, backyard barbeques and outdoor parties. Entertaining in the summer is fun and, while reusable beverage cups are truly the best option, many find that outdoor entertaining … Continue reading

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Why we can now recycle rigid plastic packaging in Halton

In April 2013, Halton Region added new rigid plastic packaging to its Blue Box, including clear plastic “clamshell” containers, black and clear plastic take-out containers, and single-serve plastic food containers. Here, Halton Region and its external partners explain how these … 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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Do you have too much recycling?

Whenever people learn where I work, they almost instantly begin to share with me how they manage their waste at their home. A lot of these people very proudly exclaim “I recycle so much!  Each week I put out five … Continue reading

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All the good reasons Halton is reducing its garbage limit

As of April 1, 2013, Halton Region has reduced its garbage bag limit and introduced garbage tags. Information on the program details and garbage tags can be found at http://www.halton.ca/garbagetags. You may be wondering why Halton Region is reducing its garbage … Continue reading

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The issue of bottled water

I have always struggled with the issue of bottled water; my views of the issue change regularly.  I don’t have a definitive solution or answer to the issue, just a lot of ideas. There’s been a lot of research done recently … 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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How Blue Boxes are made

Learn how Blue Boxes and GreenCarts are manufactured in Ontario by ORBIS. In 2013, Halton Region is hosting Blue Box Pick-up Events where Halton residents will be able to get a new larger Blue Box.

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Waste management in a winter wonderland

In the wintertime the snow and cold can have a real impact on collecting and processing Blue Box material. When everyone else is wishing for and dreaming of a white Christmas, we in the waste management business like it mild … Continue reading

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That’s a wrap – environmentally friendly alternatives to wrapping paper

Even though there’s no snow, “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”  The lights are up.  The decorations are out.  The gingerbread is in the oven.  The tree is aglow. If your house is like mine, presents are starting … Continue reading

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Score a touchdown for the environment! Make your Grey Cup party green

Touchdown! Coming from the Canadian prairies, Grey Cup football parties were a time to show my “Rider Pride” green.  Now “green” takes on a whole new meaning, with efforts to make my Grey Cup party environmentally friendly. This year marks the … 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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Fostering environmental literacy through Ontario EcoSchools

Students across Ontario are going green!  They’re collecting classroom recycling and organics, ensuring energy is being conserved, creating outdoor learning spaces, and learning about how their actions — no matter how small — can make a big difference for our … Continue reading

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St. Luke: Eco’s Best Friend

St. Luke Catholic Elementary School is a great school because we use R, R, R!  Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. First we have “Walk to School Day,” which is a day where our whole school walks to school so we don’t … Continue reading

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The importance of waste management and fresh water resources: Looking at Indonesia’s Citarum River

Before you read this blog post, you may want to watch this YouTube video on the Citarum River: We are so lucky to have the fresh water resources and river systems that we do in Ontario. I have been very … 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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Preparing for a move in Halton Region?

While I was in the midst of packing up all my possessions to move them to my new house, I started to question my decision to do this. I am starting to understand why on the TV show Love It … Continue reading

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Tips to help your waste collector out

Your neighbourhood waste collection operator has a tough job.  This summer’s weather has made their job even tougher due to the extreme temperatures we’ve experienced. I recently asked one of our contractor collection staff how he was managing in the … 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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Let’s reduce, reuse, recycle when going back to school

It’s yet again that time of year… back to school! It’s time to find out what can be reused from last year’s wardrobe and what school supplies are still in good condition to be used again. As each school year … Continue reading

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Make environmental choices when “back to school” shopping

Time for back to school!  I visit Staples for some some environmentally friendly options for “back to school” supplies.

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Teaching children about recycling with fun activities

Young children at home or in daycare, pre-school or kindergarten, can develop a love of the environment and commitment to recycling and composting through fun activities. Many schools are implementing Ontario’s Full Day Kindergarten, a play-based education program.  Within this … 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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Bringing good agricultural practices to the city

With more Ontarians growing up in urban areas, there is an increasing disconnect between the farming community and the people who populate Ontario’s urban centres. Summer is a great time to help bridge this gap. A visit to your local … Continue reading

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Reduce, reuse and recycle at your summer barbeque

We’re having a summer barbeque, and we’re offering you some tips to help reduce the environmental footprint of your next event!

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Innovations in recycling

I recently attended Stewardship Ontario’s Sustainability Summit at the Brickworks in Toronto. Stewardship Ontario is a private, not-for-profit, industry led stewardship organization established in 2002 under the Waste Diversion Act. Based on a model of shared responsibility, stewards and municipalities split … 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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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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Travelogue – Sustainable Vacationing in Costa Rica

I recently travelled to the Gulf of Papagayo in beautiful Costa Rica for a one week escape to paradise. I stayed at a resort with many Canadian, American and European travellers, as well as a few locals that were on their spring … Continue reading

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Enjoy and protect nature when camping this summer

I love camping: getting the family together, sleeping in tents, swimming, riding my bike, sitting around a campfire making s’mores — the list goes on! Literally, camping has been something I’ve done since I was six months old.  Every year, we … Continue reading

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Students at M. M. Robinson High School Go Green

Our Grade 11 Environmental Sciences class at M. M. Robinson High School has been contributing a lot to making our school a greener place. Our class has personally led the implementation of the GreenCart program at our school and has … Continue reading

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Great Acts Are Made Up of Small Deeds

The old saying goes “reduce, reuse and recycle.”  In times of environmental crisis, these three simple words are an excellent guide to live by. Unfortunately, people tend to focus solely on the latter of the three, completely disregarding the importance … Continue reading

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Everyone creates waste, but how do you make waste management services accessible to all?

According to the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, “one in seven people in Ontario has a disability. Over the next 20 years, that number will rise as the population ages.” While every person generates waste that needs to be … 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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