Category Archives: Household Hazardous Waste

Coming soon: Special Waste Drop-off Days

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 … Continue reading

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Summer fades into autumn

As summer fades in autumn, I’m reminded how the change of season also changes my family’s waste management practices. Around the house, it’s time to locate our reusable lunch bag, thermos, containers and cutlery in preparation for packing waste-free lunches … Continue reading

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Halton Haz Waste – For the Orange Box!

Halton Region has turned a little orange over the past nine months. That’s because almost 1,000 homes are participating in Halton’s Orange Box pilot program. The Orange Box Pilot Program was first launched at the Halton Waste Management Site’s 20th Anniversary on … 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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Stream of Dreams

This is one of my favourite times of year, not just because the flowers are blooming but because it means Conservation Halton Dream Team will soon be in local schools talking to children, teachers and parents about the importance of water … 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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There’s a new box in Halton Region, and it’s orange!

Every week, Halton residents fill their Blue Boxes and Greencarts and place them at the curb for recycling and composting. Sometimes, if you are doing a big clean up, you will put your large items out for bulk collection or bring them to … Continue reading

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Five Weird Electronic Recycling Facts

With electronic recycling becoming increasingly crucial to the future of the planet, recovering mobile phones, and recycling old computers, televisions, printers and other electronic goods should be a priority for those that want to improve their ecological footprint. When considering … 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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Managing solid waste caused by emergencies and disasters

9/11 and the World Trade Center. Hurricane Katrina. The earthquake in Haiti. The tsunami in Japan.  These disasters resulted in a horrifying loss of human life and the destruction of property. They also generated an unexpected amount of solid waste that needed … 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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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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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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The GoodGuide: Helping Consumers Make Informed Choices

Do you want to make good consumer choices when shopping, but are not sure how to do that? Do you want to choose products that do not contain harmful chemicals and are made by companies with good social policies? The … Continue reading

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What’s Up Doc? Looking after medications environmentally

This weekend I opened up the medicine cabinet and was amazed at how many expired medications were in there. Why have I been holding on to them for so long? It was time for a major clean up. However, medications — … 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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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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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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