Category Archives: Blue Box

A recap of Municipal Waste Association’s spring 2012 conference

In this 2 minute 30 second video, I share insights from the Municipal Waste Association‘s spring 2012 conference. I interview Wilma Bureau from Simcoe County and Jeff Lauritsen from Quinte Waste Solutions to learn what they took away from the conference, … Continue reading

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Yard sales have always been great for the environment

Yard sales have been around for as long as there have been yards with green grass. That’s likely because the original motivation to have one still holds true today: “I have more stuff than I need, but maybe someone else … 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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Visit the Library, Read a Book, Help the Environment

Earth Day is coming up on April 22.  What better way to prepare for this important celebration of our earth than by reading books about the environment.  One of the best places to access environmental books is your local library, where the “reuse” … Continue reading

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Keep the Environment Free of Recycling Litter on Windy Days

Weather…it happens. And if you live in Halton it is fair to say that we get and see it all. It may be due to the Niagara Escarpment or the big body of water we call Lake Ontario. It may … Continue reading

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How We Recycle Blue Box Materials

Ever wonder how Blue Box materials are recycled in Halton Region? In this 2 minute 33 second video, I interview Paulina Leung of Emterra Environmental, who explains how Blue Box recycling is processed.  Paulina also answers some common recycling questions.

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Recycling History in Halton: Citizens Who Led the Way

For many of us, we cannot remember life without the Blue Box. Recycling is second nature to us now, but there once was a time in Halton, and throughout Ontario, that environmentally-aware residents had to go that extra mile to … Continue reading

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4 Songs that Put Waste to Music

The 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) really do get people inspired, and they sometimes put their passion into song. I love music and I love to write lyrics & songs… and apparently many other people who care about the environment also share … Continue reading

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3Rs Community Champion – Eliot Zelem

It was mid-autumn when we had the pleasure of meeting one of Halton’s 3Rs Community Champions, Eliot Zelem. It didn’t take long before he had both amazed and inspired us with his enthusiasm and knowledge of the 3Rs — Reduce, … Continue reading

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10 Environmental New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of the year again.  Christmas has come and gone; the dinners are over but definitely not forgotten. We’re all complaining about those few extra pounds the holidays brought us.  For many of us, it’s time for New … 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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Encouraging You to Reuse This Christmas

‘Tis the season to begin my Christmas shopping.  Every year I try to put a new twist on ensuring my gifts to family and friends are recyclable, compostable or re-usable. I also take great care in making something each year … Continue reading

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Making Recycling Easy at Your Christmas Holiday Party

Check out our 2 minute 20 second video about making recycling and composting easy for guests at your upcoming Christmas holiday party!

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Making Christmas free of waste and stress

Have you started thinking about your holiday shopping? Do you feel excitement or dread when you look at your list? Several years ago my family decided to make a change when it came to gift giving. We used to buy … 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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3Rs Community Champion: White Oaks Futures Program Promotes Reuse

Did you know that plastic bags account for about 3% of the average household garbage bag in Halton? Concerned about the number of plastic bags being buried in the landfill, students in the Futures Program at White Oaks Secondary School, … Continue reading

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Garbage. Waste. What’s in a Name?

Many people use the words “waste” and “garbage” interchangeably. However, within the waste management profession, “waste” acutally means something different than “garbage.”  Waste is anything being thrown away, including Blue Box, GreenCart, Yard Waste, Household Hazardous Waste and Garbage materials.  Garbage … Continue reading

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Instead of red and orange, let’s see “Green” this Thanksgiving

It’s that time of the year again where many families get together for Thanksgiving to enjoy delicious food and the beautiful array of colours the fall season has brought upon us. Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays; it’s like Christmas … Continue reading

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