Tag Archives: nature

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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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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Feeding the soil for future life

International Compost Awareness Week 2013 has now ended. From its start in 1995 in Canada, this event has now become part of annual awareness-building efforts for organics recycling and compost use in Australia, the UK, the United States, Ireland as well … 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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From raindrops to 100-year floods – Halton Waste Management Site’s water management is by design

Every drop of rain that falls on the Halton Waste Management Site must be dealt with properly. Here are some examples of how this is done by design. Rain that falls within the open, uncapped areas of the landfill stays inside the landfill … Continue reading

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Travelogue – Recycling in Africa

You usually travel to the other side of the world, looking for a break from your regular routines and a chance to experience how others live. As someone who works in the waste management profession, I sometimes find it hard … 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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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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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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Why visit Halton’s Compost Give Away?

I live and garden in north Oakville — in past years known as “red hill.”  It came by the name honestly as the “soil” is actually red clay where children’s white socks become pink in no time. When we purchased … 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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Enjoy and protect nature when camping this summer

I love camping: getting the family together, sleeping in tents, swimming, riding my bike, sitting around a campfire making s’mores — the list goes on! Literally, camping has been something I’ve done since I was six months old.  Every year, we … Continue reading

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How early settlers and Victorians lived sustainably for the environment

In this 5 minute video, I visit Karla Corrigan from the Halton Region Museum, to learn about the sustainable practices of Halton’s early settlers and Victorians. We should be inspired by their efforts to practice the 3Rs — reduce, reuse, … 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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Recognizing Scouts Canada’s commitment to the environment during National Youth Week

May 1-7 marks National Youth Week, which is dedicated to youth and their active participation in the community. Scouts Canada is an organization that encourages youth of all ages to get out and make a positive impact. In Halton, Scouts Canada is … 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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