Category Archives: Houses

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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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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Six steps to upcycling success: from baby crib to blanket rack

Several years ago, a friend’s parents were preparing their home for sale. This included decluttering three decades worth of family-oriented items before they would make a “downsizing” move to another house. During a pre-move visit, I found that many precious, … 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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How We Compost Yard Waste

Ever wonder how yard waste is composted in Halton Region? In this 2 minute second video, I interview Luke McCarter of Gro-Bark, who explains how yard waste is composted into a nutrient-rich natural fertilizer. Luke also offers some tips to … Continue reading

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A Green Halloween

As a kid growing up, Halloween was always one of the most exciting times of the year.  Nothing beat dressing up as your favourite character, scaring the living daylights out of a few unsuspecting adults, and getting rewarded with candy!  … 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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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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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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Making your workouts good for the environment

I once heard someone say: “I never understand the people who get in their car, drive to a gym, and then run a treadmill for an hour, only to get back in their car and drive home.  Why not run … Continue reading

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Reduce waste and reuse your leftovers for delicious new meals

I love leftovers!  I love making a new meals or baked goods out of food that was left from the night before, or even from fruit that we just didn’t get around to eating.  I love the idea of being … Continue reading

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Ultimate recycling in Haiti

Going on a mission has been on my bucket list for years. I have always envied and admired missionaries — anyone who would drop everything, and, at some personal risk, go to a foreign country experiencing health, social or environmental … 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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Garbage In – Gold Out

You’ve got to love Mother Nature. She takes your unwanted kitchen scraps, grass clippings and fallen leaves and with a little bit of time and very little effort, she turns your garbage into pure gold – or at least your … Continue reading

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A Compost Recipe – It’s Like Baking a Cake!

I’m sure everyone has that one recipe that is passed down through the generations. The recipe that has been perfected over the years; that we all know, if you miss just one step, the entire recipe is shot! It’s funny, … 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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Reuse and Recycle Clothing to Help the Environment

In this 3 minute 34 second video, I interview Elisha deKort of Clothing For Charity Ltd., to learn how clothing can be reused and recycled in Halton Region to help the environment.

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3Rs Community Champion: Trillium Demonstration School reduces garbage to recycle more

Students at Trillium Demonstration School have taken the planet to heart — incorporating environmental initiatives into everything they do. “We only have one planet, so we need to minimize garbage to try to preserve it,” said a Trillium student. The … Continue reading

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Earth Hour – an environmental event for the whole family

I try to instil in my children a need to protect the environment. In my family, we practice the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), and discuss other things we can do as a family to help the environment. One small way … Continue reading

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Keep the Environment Free of Recycling Litter on Windy Days

Weather…it happens. And if you live in Halton it is fair to say that we get and see it all. It may be due to the Niagara Escarpment or the big body of water we call Lake Ontario. It may … Continue reading

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Cheers to a 3Rs Community Champion: The Carafe Wine Makers (Georgetown)

What does a full-bodied Shiraz with a hint of cassis and saving the planet have in common? Carafe Wine Makers in Georgetown of course! Owners Don and Catherine Jones have committed themselves to a great business with an extremely strong … Continue reading

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How We Recycle Blue Box Materials

Ever wonder how Blue Box materials are recycled in Halton Region? In this 2 minute 33 second video, I interview Paulina Leung of Emterra Environmental, who explains how Blue Box recycling is processed.  Paulina also answers some common recycling questions.

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Recycling History in Halton: Citizens Who Led the Way

For many of us, we cannot remember life without the Blue Box. Recycling is second nature to us now, but there once was a time in Halton, and throughout Ontario, that environmentally-aware residents had to go that extra mile to … Continue reading

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National Sweater Day

Thursday, February 9 is National Sweater Day.  A day to celebrate all those tacky and wacky sweaters you have hidden deep in your closet.  You know the ones I mean — sweaters with mooses and ducks and flowery appliques. But … Continue reading

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Bulk Waste Collection

As the person responsible for ensuring waste is collected in a timely fashion every day, bulk waste can cause me a lot of headaches, mainly when people disregard the “rules,” and  there seems to be some confusion about what we accept as … 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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Making Recycling Easy at Your Christmas Holiday Party

Check out our 2 minute 20 second video about making recycling and composting easy for guests at your upcoming Christmas holiday party!

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Making Christmas free of waste and stress

Have you started thinking about your holiday shopping? Do you feel excitement or dread when you look at your list? Several years ago my family decided to make a change when it came to gift giving. We used to buy … Continue reading

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Tips For a “Waste-less” Holiday

The holiday season brings with it a lot of excitement.  For many of us it’s a time for family gatherings, food, and gift giving.  Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza or just enjoy the time spent with family and friends, … Continue reading

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“The Dirt” on Yard Waste Composting

Have you ever really thought about what happens to your yard waste after it gets picked up at the curb? Or what about the loose leaves that are collected on the roadside in Burlington and Oakville? Where does it go … Continue reading

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Make your Halloween Environmentally Friendly

That spooky time of the year is upon us! While Halloween can be frightening good fun for children and parents; the decorations, costumes, and candies can be downright scary for the environment. So this Halloween, my family tried to think … Continue reading

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Composting is good but wasting less food is better!

Let’s face it, we’ve all done it, we’ve let the broccoli, strawberries, and bread, go bad. Luckily for Halton residents, we have the GreenCart program that accepts those food items and more we’ve so easily let expire. Let’s take a … Continue reading

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Take Action with Waste Reduction Week – October 17 to 23, 2011

Not to be confused with Earth Day in April, Waste Reduction Week(WRW) is a national event recognized during the third week in October and is coordinated by non-profit organizations and recycling councils from across the country.  The representative council in Ontario is … Continue reading

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Instead of red and orange, let’s see “Green” this Thanksgiving

It’s that time of the year again where many families get together for Thanksgiving to enjoy delicious food and the beautiful array of colours the fall season has brought upon us. Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays; it’s like Christmas … Continue reading

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