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Reuse Centres in Halton Region: Upper Credit Humane Society Thrift Shop

Part of a series about the charitable reuse centres operating in Halton Region. Waste audits have shown 7% of the materials found in Halton’s residential garbage stream are textile materials that could be salvaged through reuse centres. This number may … 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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Reuse Centres in Halton Region: Burlington Reuse Centre

Part of a series about the charitable reuse centres operating in Halton Region. Waste audits have shown 7% of the materials found in Halton’s residential garbage stream are textile materials that could be salvaged through reuse centres. This number may not … Continue reading

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Winter is Coming… and the waste collection crews are too…

Like the fantasy author George RR Martin has been warning us for some time “Winter is coming.” But even if you’re not a Game of Thrones fan, or living in the Kingdoms of Westeros, there’s no denying a major snowfall is here! … Continue reading

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All we want for Christmas… are environmentally friendly presents

With Christmas just around the corner, the award-winning HaltonRecycles team has visions of sugar plums, dancing in their heads. The team has put together their environmentally friendly wish list for Santa. “I’m hoping Santa brings me a new road bike this … 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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Reuse Centres in Halton Region: Wastewise

Part of a series about the charitable reuse centres operating in Halton Region. Waste audits have shown that 7% of the materials found in Halton’s residential garbage stream are textile materials that could be salvaged through reuse centres. This number may … 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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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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School librarians promote reduce, reuse, recycle

Books have the power to educate, entertain and enthrall. They can cause personal reflection, a change of thought, and a call to action. In recognition of Waste Reduction Week in Canada and the need to protect our environment, teacher-librarians, library technicians and … Continue reading

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Keep your GreenCart clean

It’s that time of year again; summer has ended. For some of us, our GreenCarts have seen better days. The summer’s heat speeds up the decomposition of food waste in our GreenCart (which can cause odours), and can make our … Continue reading

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Reuse Centres in Halton Region: Canadian Diabetes Association

Part of a new series about the charitable reuse centres operating in Halton Region. Waste audits have shown that 7% of the materials found in Halton’s residential garbage stream are textile materials that could be salvaged through reuse centres. This number … 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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Reuse Centres in Halton Region: Breast Cancer Support Services

Part of a new series about the charitable reuse centres operating in Halton Region. Reuse centres provide many positive benefits to our community: they create jobs, provide affordable shopping, and divert waste from out landfill. Many reuse centres are registered charities, … 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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Reuse Centres in Halton Region: Burlington Humane Society

Part of a series about the charitable reuse centres operating in Halton Region. Reuse centres provide many positive benefits to our community: they create jobs, provide affordable shopping, and divert waste from out landfill. Many reuse centres are registered charities, … 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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What’s the deal with “compostable” packaging?

Packaging is a huge business. Corporations spend millions of dollars annually to ensure their packaging choices are eye-catching, memorable, and easy to use — all in the effort to ensure consumers (you) buy their product. In recent years, many corporations … 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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Fore! Look out, the 2013 RBC Canadian Open is going green!

This year, from July 22 to 28, Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville will be hosting the 104th Canadian Open golf tournament. This week long tournament showcases the abilities of over 26 amateur and professional Canadian and international golfers.  It … Continue reading

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Greening for golf

Did you know the sport of golf and the environmental movement have a long standing relationship? Some golf courses in the Great Toronto Area are built on closed landfills and other  golf courses are working towards being certified for their environmental … Continue reading

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World Population Day

World Population Day is recognized internationally on July 11. Coordinated by the United Nations Population Fund, World Population Day aims to educate about the challenges — and opportunities — associated with increased population on development, health and social attitudes. In … 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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Plan now for efficient water irrigation this summer

Automatic irrigation systems have become popular because of convenience, however they do not always translate into improved water efficiency. Many systems use excessive amounts of water due to improper design, installation, and/or maintenance. Irrigation systems that significantly over-water are not … Continue reading

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Growing heirloom seeds with compost

This spring I read a blog at Yard Eatins  that featured a list of heirloom seed suppliers compiled by Treehugger and a video of Jere Gettle, founder of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I like to garden and this inspired me … 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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Reusing plastic milk bags

Canadians should be proud of some of the life changing inventions they have pioneered.  However, Canadians have also invented a number of items that have wreaked havoc to the planet.  The familiar green garbage bag was a Canadian invention.  Canadians … 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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Conserving blue gold

Here at Halton Waste Management Site, we like to think of ourselves as experts in the 3Rs — reduce, reuse, recycle. This slogan is embedded into our work and everyday lives as we consciously think of ways to minimize our … Continue reading

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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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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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How to choose a greener burial

We live. We die.  There is no getting around this circle of life.  A question that plagues most environmentally conscious families today is: how can I live and die while leaving the smallest carbon footprint possible? Can I still have … Continue reading

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What Earth Day means to me

Earth Day is celebrated around the world on April 22.  The first Earth Day was held in the United States in 1970 and was organized by Senator Gaylord Nelson.  The first Canadian Earth Day was celebrated in 1980, and in 1990 … 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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Working with the weather

It is something that starts a conversation, can affect your mood, impacts your commute to work, and tells you how to dress. It is also something that directly affects the day-to-day operations of a landfill.  I am talking about — … 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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Let’s talk food!

Did you know that March is nutrition month? I’ll admit I had never heard of this before until the Foodshare Toronto program was recently brought to my attention. It got me thinking: this is a month filled with anticipation for … Continue reading

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I wish you enough

I enjoy a good internet meme like Texts from Hilary Clinton, Ikea Monkey and Kid President.  Recently I came across a Facebook post/story that’s been making the rounds called “I wish you enough.” Part of the story included the following “poem,” which really got … Continue reading

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Please check your carry-on for waste

“Ladies and gentlemen we are approaching our final descent.  The cabin crew will be by to pick up any service items.” If you have ever flown on a plane, you would have most likely heard this announcement.  In some instances, … Continue reading

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Travelogue: Shuffle off to Buffalo

Canadian thrill seekers understand the adrenaline rush of wearing three newly purchased t-shirts, one on top of the other, as they cross the border from the U.S. back into Canada. “Nothing to declare.” I totally recognize that cross-border shopping discourages … 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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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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My new year’s resolutions – helping the environment more

I tend to consider September, with its emphasis on back-to-school new beginnings as more of a new year, however every January I do try to make some new year’s resolutions. Some studies indicate that by the end of January, a … 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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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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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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Barry Commoner – Scientist and Environmental Champion

Have you ever heard any of these expressions? Everything Is Connected to Everything Else Everything Must Go Somewhere Nature Knows Best There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch Chances are you have heard at least one of these … Continue reading

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