Author Archives: Ben Morris

About Ben Morris

Hi, I'm Ben. I have been working in Halton Region's Waste Management department for over 10 years. I am currently responsible for administering and supervising our waste collection, transfer, and processing contracts. I basically make sure your waste is collected each week. I have degree in Environmental Resource Science and a passion for the outdoors and spending time with my young family. I am always interested in hearing new and innovative ideas about waste management.

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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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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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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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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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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Tips for an Environmentally-friendly Christmas Morning

If you have children like I do, Christmas morning can create a whole new dimension of waste! Anyone who’s attempted to open (not to mention assemble) a child’s toy on Christmas morning knows that bleeding fingers and an engineering degree … 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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A day in the life of a garbage bag

Have you ever wondered where your bag of garbage ends up and how it gets there?  To be honest, before I got into the field of Waste Management, I never really put a lot of thought into it.  You might be surprised … Continue reading

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