Category Archives: Reduce

Playing for the environment this World Theatre Day

Live theatre is thriving in Halton! From presenting theatres to community theatre groups, and high school drama clubs to college programs, theatre practioners and audience members have so many options to be thrilled and entertained. Today, March 27 is World Theatre … 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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Children’s car seats and the 3Rs

Here at Halton Region, we often get asked if children’s car seats can be recycled or reused. This is one item that it is very difficult to apply the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle). The first R, reduce, cannot be avoided … Continue reading

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Waste Management in Canada: Ontario

Part of a series examining waste management programs across Canada. Hurry Up And Wait 2013 was an interesting year for waste management in Ontario. There were big announcements, plenty of discussion, lots of planning, but ultimately, it became a year of “hurry … Continue reading

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Waste Management in Canada: Manitoba

Part of a series examining waste management programs across Canada. Keeping up with the Joneses Manitoba is an interesting creature. Winnipeg is at least 10 hours from another major city (Calgary) and at least a day’s drive from Vancouver or Toronto. Secluded … 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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Waste Management in Canada: Yukon Territory

Part of a series examining waste management programs across Canada. Zero Waste Starts Now Raven Recycling is the premier recycling centre in the Yukon. We are a non-profit social enterprise and all the money we make goes back into education and recycling … Continue reading

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Travelogue – South Korea

Recently I had the pleasure of visiting South Korea. Whenever I visit a foreign country, I can’t help but notice their waste bins; it’s a side-effect of working in the industry. While my friends take pictures of the Gyeongbokgung Palace, … Continue reading

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Waste Management in Canada: Saskatchewan

Part of a series examining waste management programs across Canada. Saskatchewan — two shuffles forward, one shuffle back Change takes time. Putting new programs in place, getting everyone to (sort of) agree, approving regulatory changes, always takes longer than impatient people like … 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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Waste Management in Canada: New Brunswick

Part of a series examining waste management programs across Canada. Recycle NB’s New Year’s Resolution Fulfilled New Year’s resolutions. We all make them and seldom keep them but sometimes we manage to follow through. Last year Recycle NB vowed to implement an … Continue reading

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LEGO – an opportunity to reuse

Let’s face it — everyone loves LEGO! Kids love it. Adults love it. Heck, I’m in my mid 30s, and I still get a new LEGO set each Christmas! From Ninjago to LEGO Friends, from the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre to the upcoming The … Continue reading

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Waste Management in Canada: Northwest Territories

Part of a series examining waste management programs across Canada. Dump Tuesdays Think of me, fellow recyclers, on Tuesdays. May your kind thoughts and heartfelt solidarity warm the Hot Paws in the inner linings of my gloves as I muster … Continue reading

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Waste Management in Canada: Prince Edward Island

Part of a series examining waste management programs across Canada. A Year of Celebration On Prince Edward Island, 2014 is a year of celebration.  This year marks the 20th anniversary of the initial launch of Waste Watch for our province. In 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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Waste Management in Canada: Alberta

Part of a series examining waste management programs across Canada. Alberta Poised to Embrace Extended Producer Responsibility After many years with few developments on the waste policy front at the provincial level, Alberta is now poised to introduce Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations … Continue reading

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Recycling in Downton Abbey

January 5, 2014 marks the return of Downton Abbey in North America, and I for one couldn’t be more excited. I came late to this television masterpiece, having binge-viewed the first three seasons over the past few weeks. Telling the story of … Continue reading

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Can we ban plastic?

“Why don’t we ban plastic?” I’m asked this question regularly when delivering waste diversion workshops to schools, community groups and businesses. Plastic is seen as a big issue, from taking up space in our Blue Boxes, to causing worldwide situations … Continue reading

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Waste less this Halloween

As old Hallow’s eve draws near, costume ideas and sugary treats are on a lot of people’s minds. It is a fun and festive fall celebration, and one that can also create a large amount of waste with disposable candy … Continue reading

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It’s Waste Reduction Week in Canada – how are you reducing waste?

Designers and labels get Fashion Weeks in cities around the world. The entire movie industry gets two weeks in Toronto every September. But they have nothing on the most important five days on my calendar: Waste Reduction Week in Canada. … Continue reading

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Plastic shopping bags: friend or foe?

I try my best to bring reusable shopping bags with me when I go to a store. However, I have to admit there have been occasions when I have forgotten them at home or in the car and am offered … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! It’s back to school

Today, students, teachers, custodians and administrators of the Halton District School Board, Halton Catholic District School Board, Provincial Schools Branch, Conseil scolaire Viamonde, and Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud start a new school year. Halton Region has great partnerships with the publicly-funded … Continue reading

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Improving waste diversion in the industrial, commercial and institutional sector

In Ontario, households are doing a great job practicing the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle). From shopping wisely and choosing products with minimal packaging to packing food in reusable containers, residents’ participation in curbside recycling programs helps Ontario’s household waste diversion … 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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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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Think.Eat.Save – World Environment Day 2013

While not as well-known as Earth Day in April, World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5.  Organized by the United Nations Environment Programme, World Environment Day raises awareness about the need for positive environmental action. The theme for the 2013 … 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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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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Litter in the Arctic? Say it ain’t so…

When I think of litter I imagine it in a heavily populated urban setting.  Litter tends to accumulate in roadside ditches, parks and other well traveled areas right? Well, you might be surprised to hear that a recent study performed by researchers … Continue reading

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Alton Village Public School is going green

We are the Alton Village Public School Eco Team — a brand new elementary school in north Burlington. Our school is working hard every day to recycle and compost. The Eco Team promotes this by having announcements about what things … Continue reading

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Seeking better performance: Integrating waste diversion is a key first step for businesses

Waste as a term is sometimes misleading — a growing number of items can be reused, recovered or recycled, and don’t have to be “wasted.” In Ontario, many businesses are required to operate recycling programs, conduct waste audits and develop … Continue reading

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Eco friendly gifts for the holidays

It’s the holiday season, and as that old song goes, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year!”  It’s a time for gathering with family and friends, taking part in celebrations, sharing delicious meals, and giving gifts. Unfortunately, along with all … Continue reading

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Green holiday shopping tips

It’s that time of year again, the pumpkins and leaves have been sent to the composting pile and the malls are decked in holiday décor.  The stores are filling up with holiday shoppers. According to Moneyville, the average Canadian will spend … 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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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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On est très fière d’être une école verte!

Nous sommes des étudiantes de la 4e année à l’école élémentaire catholique Sacré-Cœur à Georgetown. Nous faisons partie du club de l’environnement à notre école et nous voulons vous partager nos idées et nos succès. Voici ce que nous avons … 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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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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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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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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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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Archaeology and how First Nations lived sustainably

In this video, I meet with Adam McDowell from Conservation Halton to learn how archaeology demonstrates how the First Nations lived sustainably.  We tour the amazing 15th century Iroquoian Village which has been reconstructed on its original site in Crawford Lake Conservation Area in Milton.

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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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