Category Archives: Disposal

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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Coffee discs and cups – what convenience means to waste management

Canadians love their coffee! According to one study, 65% of Canadians drink coffee daily, and 51% of coffee drinkers drink their coffee at home. Preparing your coffee at home is good for the environment because there’s no disposable cup that … Continue reading

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One of the most selfish acts in the world… illegal dumping

In my opinion, illegal dumping is one of the most selfish and self-centred acts anyone can commit. Think about it for a moment. A resident or a business feels it is okay to fill their personal or commercial vehicle with … 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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Waste’s impact on biodiversity

Visit the Royal Ontario Museum and learn how biodiversity is being impacted by waste — and how we can minimize those environmental impacts.

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Celebrating National Public Works Week

One of my favourite books is In The Skin of the Lion, by famed Canadian author Michael Ondaatje.  Part of this excellent novel narrates the lives of the workers who helped build some of Toronto’s most iconic — and important — public … Continue reading

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Halton’s garbage tag program

Learn all about Halton Region’s garbage tag program. Starting April 1, 2013, Halton residents may place 3 garbage bags/cans or less at the curb every other week.  More than 3 garbage bags/cans will require a “garbage tag,” up to a … Continue reading

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True or False: Batteries should not go in the garbage?

That was a trivia question I asked several grade five groups at the Halton Children’s Water Festival. Believe it or not, about half of them said true and the other half said false! The answer is TRUE! Batteries should absolutely … 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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We’re having a party… to celebrate our landfill!

We’re hosting an open house to celebrate 20 years of environmentally safe waste management in Halton Region — and you’re invited! This Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Halton residents are welcome to come to the Halton … Continue reading

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Interesting Facts about the Halton Waste Management Site’s Construction

September 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the Halton Waste Management Site.  We’re celebrating with a community open house on Saturday, September 29, 2012!  While many residents are coming out to see our landfill equipment in action, most will likely be … Continue reading

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Monitoring landfills from afar with SCADA

SCADA – Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition. That sounds like something out of a NASA acronyms manual, but it’s actually more down to earth than that. If you say that you have SCADA, it just means that you’ve got a computerized system that … 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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A Landfill Gas Success Story – Reducing by Capturing

The Clean Air Partnership’s blog about Halton Region’s landfill gas collection system tells the story of how early-adopters can make environmental improvements even before it becomes mandatory. The landfill site in Halton, located in Milton, Ontario, is the only operating landfill in the region accepting municipal solid … 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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Yard sales have always been great for the environment

Yard sales have been around for as long as there have been yards with green grass. That’s likely because the original motivation to have one still holds true today: “I have more stuff than I need, but maybe someone else … Continue reading

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Visit the Library, Read a Book, Help the Environment

Earth Day is coming up on April 22.  What better way to prepare for this important celebration of our earth than by reading books about the environment.  One of the best places to access environmental books is your local library, where the “reuse” … Continue reading

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4 Songs that Put Waste to Music

The 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) really do get people inspired, and they sometimes put their passion into song. I love music and I love to write lyrics & songs… and apparently many other people who care about the environment also share … Continue reading

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A Buy Nothing Day Challenge

November 25, 2011 is Buy Nothing Day (BND) in North America. What is BND you may ask? BND was created in Vancouver in 1992 by Ted Dave, a social critic and media activist, as a time for all of us … Continue reading

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Conserve The Landfill – It Won’t Last Forever

Many people never think about where their garbage goes after it leaves the curb or is dropped down the chute. So it’s even less likely that anyone would wonder about how much space their waste takes up in a landfill. … Continue reading

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Garbage. Waste. What’s in a Name?

Many people use the words “waste” and “garbage” interchangeably. However, within the waste management profession, “waste” acutally means something different than “garbage.”  Waste is anything being thrown away, including Blue Box, GreenCart, Yard Waste, Household Hazardous Waste and Garbage materials.  Garbage … Continue reading

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A day in the life of a garbage bag

Have you ever wondered where your bag of garbage ends up and how it gets there?  To be honest, before I got into the field of Waste Management, I never really put a lot of thought into it.  You might be surprised … Continue reading

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Ever thought about using cloth diapers?

Are you a new parent dealing with all the excitement and fast pace of a little one? Have you noticed how many disposable diapers you go through in one day? Perhaps you are expecting your first little one and not … Continue reading

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