Author Archives: Melynda Paterson

About Melynda Paterson

Hi I'm Melynda, a Waste Management Program Coordinator with Halton Region. I graduated from McMaster University with an honours degree in Geography and completed the Environmental Management graduate program at Niagara College. Some of my responsibilities include monitoring garbage bag limits and illegal dumping. Also, I help with multi-residential waste diversion programs and am the keeper of a database that houses important waste collection information for properties across the Region.

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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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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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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Trees and recycling – connect to National Tree Day

Trees and recycling have a long history together. With National Tree Day coming up on September 25, 2013, let’s have a look at how trees, paper and recycling are connected. In Canada, we are fortunate to have a vast supply … Continue reading

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