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Top 10 blogs about recycling and waste

This blog launched in September 2011, and since then, we’ve published 236 posts about waste management! Who knew there’d be so much to say about waste? These posts have explored our personal and collective connections to waste; they’ve touched on local, provincial, national and … Continue reading

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Put waste in the right place

Have you used Halton Region’s popular Put Waste In Its Place database? Simply type the name of an item and we’ll tell you how to recycle, compost or dispose of it properly. Here’s a list of the top five most commonly searched … 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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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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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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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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2014 Halton Waste Management Guide and Collection Calendar – how it’s made

Starting tomorrow, residents of Halton Region will start to receive their 2014 Waste Management Guide & Collection Calendar. This popular guide — the largest public document produced by Halton — provides you with your waste collection schedule, and information about Blue … Continue reading

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It started with a pickle bottle and a can

I was doing my dishes before meeting with a women’s conversation group. Beside the sink, there was a bottle and a can. I thought, “My children’s future: the glass in this bottle will never turn back to beach sand, and … Continue reading

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Happy holidays from HaltonRecycles

HaltonRecycles, and the entire Halton Region Waste Management Services division, wish you and your family a most happy holiday! Enjoy this Christmas recycling poem!

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A Christmas card conundrum

I admit it: I’m addicted to paper. Books, newspaper, writing paper, computer paper, flyers, brochures — I love it all. My love of paper is especially heightened during the holidays, as I love mailing (and receiving) Christmas cards. But this … 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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Christmas: A time to renew the life of the Earth

One of the great holiday traditions at Christmas time is gathering with family and friends to set up a Christmas Manger scene in our homes and churches. I remember as a child taking great care in placing the figures of … Continue reading

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Chanukah and the Environment

In the darkest days of December, the Jewish community will be celebrating our annual holiday of Chanukah.  This ancient ritual dates back close to 2,500 years ago when the Greek-Syrians took over the holy land of Israel from the Jewish … 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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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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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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Are you throwing away edible food?

My personal journey with food waste started in October 2011, when I heard Dr. Ralph Martin, Loblaw Chair in Sustainable Food Production from the University of Guelph, deliver a keynote speech about how we are going to feed ourselves in … Continue reading

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When you look at a can of cranberries, what do you see?

When you look at a can of cranberries, what do you see? Do you see a delicious side dish to your Thanksgiving turkey? Or do you also see the seeds that grew the cranberries? What about the farmers who planted, … 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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Meal planning = less stress and less waste!

Now that summer’s over, I am back to work and the kids are back in school. I am faced with my new reality of less time and more commitments.  Gone are the days of deciding what to feed my family … Continue reading

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WasteAid – working to improve waste management in developing countries

Imagine waking up in the morning. Instead of making breakfast, you head out into the streets, scavenging through litter and accumulated waste to find food and clothing for your family. You then head to the local dump where you pick … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Travelogue: Dubai

Dubai, located in the United Arab Emirates, is home to some of the most grandiose infrastructures in the world with human-made islands in the middle of the ocean and a ski resort in the desert.  Dubai is also currently home to … Continue reading

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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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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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It’s easier to clean our hands than to clean our compost

This is a call out to residents to ensure we are all treating the GreenCart with the respect it deserves.  Many residents are unaware that the material you throw in your GreenCart is being turned into beautiful compost.  This compost … 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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Do you have too much recycling?

Whenever people learn where I work, they almost instantly begin to share with me how they manage their waste at their home. A lot of these people very proudly exclaim “I recycle so much!  Each week I put out five … 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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Our furry friends and “their business”

It is estimated that there is approximately 4.5 million licensed cats in Canada, with many households owning multiple pets. Most cats become a part of the family. These furry companions bring us much love, but just like dogs, bring us … 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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Halton’s garbage tag program

Learn all about Halton Region’s garbage tag program. Starting April 1, 2013, Halton residents may place 3 garbage bags/cans or less at the curb every other week.  More than 3 garbage bags/cans will require a “garbage tag,” up to a … Continue reading

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Greening healthcare

It’s that time of year again when facial tissues out number the dollar bills I have in my purse.  Yes, it’s cold and flu season! As you reach for the bottle of medication to help make you feel better faster, … Continue reading

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