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I wish you enough

I enjoy a good internet meme like Texts from Hilary Clinton, Ikea Monkey and Kid President.  Recently I came across a Facebook post/story that’s been making the rounds called “I wish you enough.” Part of the story included the following “poem,” which really got … Continue reading

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Fifty Shades of Blue

Recycling bins are coloured blue based on the first curbside recycling program in Ontario. Starting March 2013, Halton Region will be offering new Blue Boxes.  These Blue Boxes will be larger: 83 litres (22 gallons) instead of the current 60 litres (16 … Continue reading

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Lent and the environment – making a connection

The season of Lent is arguably the oldest of Christian holy days. Lent lasts forty days, recalling the forty days Jesus fasted in the desert to prepare for his ministry.  This year it runs from February 13 to March 30, … Continue reading

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Protect the environment when skiing, snowboarding and tubing

We’re hitting the slopes at Glen Eden, learning how we can protect the environment while skiing, snowboarding and tubing.

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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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Alton Village Public School is going green

We are the Alton Village Public School Eco Team — a brand new elementary school in north Burlington. Our school is working hard every day to recycle and compost. The Eco Team promotes this by having announcements about what things … Continue reading

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Seeking better performance: Integrating waste diversion is a key first step for businesses

Waste as a term is sometimes misleading — a growing number of items can be reused, recovered or recycled, and don’t have to be “wasted.” In Ontario, many businesses are required to operate recycling programs, conduct waste audits and develop … Continue reading

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My new year’s resolutions – helping the environment more

I tend to consider September, with its emphasis on back-to-school new beginnings as more of a new year, however every January I do try to make some new year’s resolutions. Some studies indicate that by the end of January, a … Continue reading

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That’s a wrap – environmentally friendly alternatives to wrapping paper

Even though there’s no snow, “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”  The lights are up.  The decorations are out.  The gingerbread is in the oven.  The tree is aglow. If your house is like mine, presents are starting … Continue reading

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Eco friendly gifts for the holidays

It’s the holiday season, and as that old song goes, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year!”  It’s a time for gathering with family and friends, taking part in celebrations, sharing delicious meals, and giving gifts. Unfortunately, along with all … Continue reading

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Green holiday shopping tips

It’s that time of year again, the pumpkins and leaves have been sent to the composting pile and the malls are decked in holiday décor.  The stores are filling up with holiday shoppers. According to Moneyville, the average Canadian will spend … Continue reading

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There’s a new box in Halton Region, and it’s orange!

Every week, Halton residents fill their Blue Boxes and Greencarts and place them at the curb for recycling and composting. Sometimes, if you are doing a big clean up, you will put your large items out for bulk collection or bring them to … Continue reading

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Five Weird Electronic Recycling Facts

With electronic recycling becoming increasingly crucial to the future of the planet, recovering mobile phones, and recycling old computers, televisions, printers and other electronic goods should be a priority for those that want to improve their ecological footprint. When considering … Continue reading

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Score a touchdown for the environment! Make your Grey Cup party green

Touchdown! Coming from the Canadian prairies, Grey Cup football parties were a time to show my “Rider Pride” green.  Now “green” takes on a whole new meaning, with efforts to make my Grey Cup party environmentally friendly. This year marks the … Continue reading

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The history of recycling in Ontario

Have you ever wondered why the recycling box is blue? Or why only certain materials are accepted for recycling? Or even where recycling started? Proof of recycling can actually be found all the way back to 400 BCE, however modern … 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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10 Ways to Repurpose Common Household Items

Whether you want to save some money, add a unique decorative touch to your home, or you just do not want to throw something out, there are many ways you can reuse common household items. Here are some suggestions to … 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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True or False: Batteries should not go in the garbage?

That was a trivia question I asked several grade five groups at the Halton Children’s Water Festival. Believe it or not, about half of them said true and the other half said false! The answer is TRUE! Batteries should absolutely … Continue reading

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Fostering environmental literacy through Ontario EcoSchools

Students across Ontario are going green!  They’re collecting classroom recycling and organics, ensuring energy is being conserved, creating outdoor learning spaces, and learning about how their actions — no matter how small — can make a big difference for our … Continue reading

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On est très fière d’être une école verte!

Nous sommes des étudiantes de la 4e année à l’école élémentaire catholique Sacré-Cœur à Georgetown. Nous faisons partie du club de l’environnement à notre école et nous voulons vous partager nos idées et nos succès. Voici ce que nous avons … Continue reading

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St. Luke: Eco’s Best Friend

St. Luke Catholic Elementary School is a great school because we use R, R, R!  Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. First we have “Walk to School Day,” which is a day where our whole school walks to school so we don’t … 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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Plastics by the numbers

Halton residents love to recycle!  In fact, over 90% of Halton households place a Blue Box out for collection every week!  If there’s one material type that causes confusion and concern, it’s plastics! There are many different types of products … Continue reading

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We’re having a party… to celebrate our landfill!

We’re hosting an open house to celebrate 20 years of environmentally safe waste management in Halton Region — and you’re invited! This Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Halton residents are welcome to come to the Halton … Continue reading

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Let’s reduce, reuse, recycle when going back to school

It’s yet again that time of year… back to school! It’s time to find out what can be reused from last year’s wardrobe and what school supplies are still in good condition to be used again. As each school year … Continue reading

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Make environmental choices when “back to school” shopping

Time for back to school!  I visit Staples for some some environmentally friendly options for “back to school” supplies.

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Managing solid waste caused by emergencies and disasters

9/11 and the World Trade Center. Hurricane Katrina. The earthquake in Haiti. The tsunami in Japan.  These disasters resulted in a horrifying loss of human life and the destruction of property. They also generated an unexpected amount of solid waste that needed … Continue reading

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Do you know what’s in your cell phone?

At a recent family function, I pulled out my cell phone to answer a text message.  My family members were appalled — not because I was being rude and answering a text message, but because I have an “old” cell … Continue reading

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Bringing good agricultural practices to the city

With more Ontarians growing up in urban areas, there is an increasing disconnect between the farming community and the people who populate Ontario’s urban centres. Summer is a great time to help bridge this gap. A visit to your local … Continue reading

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Reduce, reuse and recycle at your summer barbeque

We’re having a summer barbeque, and we’re offering you some tips to help reduce the environmental footprint of your next event!

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Innovations in recycling

I recently attended Stewardship Ontario’s Sustainability Summit at the Brickworks in Toronto. Stewardship Ontario is a private, not-for-profit, industry led stewardship organization established in 2002 under the Waste Diversion Act. Based on a model of shared responsibility, stewards and municipalities split … Continue reading

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Going green while going for the gold at the Olympics

The countdown is on — the London 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics Games are only days away. This major sporting event is enjoyed by tens of thousands of spectators in the host city and is watched by hundreds of millions … Continue reading

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Guess what Mom and Dad? I got a job at a landfill!

I recently started working for Halton Region Waste Management Services as a Waste Management Program Coordinator. While in the past I have worked in the waste management industry, my office has always been removed from frontline activities.  Most other Greater … Continue reading

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Oy vey, the data! Using data to understand how much material we recycle, compost and throw away

Did you know, on a daily basis approximately 600 tonnes of total waste is collected from the curb?  Of that, 45% is Blue Box recycling and GreenCart organics, and 20% is yard waste.  And there is an average of 60 … Continue reading

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Making your workouts good for the environment

I once heard someone say: “I never understand the people who get in their car, drive to a gym, and then run a treadmill for an hour, only to get back in their car and drive home.  Why not run … Continue reading

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Reduce waste and reuse your leftovers for delicious new meals

I love leftovers!  I love making a new meals or baked goods out of food that was left from the night before, or even from fruit that we just didn’t get around to eating.  I love the idea of being … Continue reading

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GPS Leads the Way to Longer Landfill Site Life

In January 2012, Halton’s landfill operators at the Halton Waste Management Site had some new technology added to their heavy machinery. GPS systems are well-known for helping people get around town by car or on foot, but it may be … Continue reading

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Travelogue – Sustainable Vacationing in Costa Rica

I recently travelled to the Gulf of Papagayo in beautiful Costa Rica for a one week escape to paradise. I stayed at a resort with many Canadian, American and European travellers, as well as a few locals that were on their spring … Continue reading

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Ultimate recycling in Haiti

Going on a mission has been on my bucket list for years. I have always envied and admired missionaries — anyone who would drop everything, and, at some personal risk, go to a foreign country experiencing health, social or environmental … Continue reading

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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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A Landfill Gas Success Story – Reducing by Capturing

The Clean Air Partnership’s blog about Halton Region’s landfill gas collection system tells the story of how early-adopters can make environmental improvements even before it becomes mandatory. The landfill site in Halton, located in Milton, Ontario, is the only operating landfill in the region accepting municipal solid … Continue reading

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A recap of the Canadian Network for Environmental Education & Communication’s spring 2012 conference

The Canadian Network for Environmental Education & Communication (EECOM) is Canada’s only national, bilingual, charitable network for environmental learning. Each year, EECOM partners with an environmental organization or agency in a different province to offer a conference bringing together environmental educators and communicators from … Continue reading

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Students at M. M. Robinson High School Go Green

Our Grade 11 Environmental Sciences class at M. M. Robinson High School has been contributing a lot to making our school a greener place. Our class has personally led the implementation of the GreenCart program at our school and has … Continue reading

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Great Acts Are Made Up of Small Deeds

The old saying goes “reduce, reuse and recycle.”  In times of environmental crisis, these three simple words are an excellent guide to live by. Unfortunately, people tend to focus solely on the latter of the three, completely disregarding the importance … Continue reading

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Everyone creates waste, but how do you make waste management services accessible to all?

According to the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services, “one in seven people in Ontario has a disability. Over the next 20 years, that number will rise as the population ages.” While every person generates waste that needs to be … Continue reading

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It’s National Public Works Week – a time to recognize how our environment and community is protected

Public Works is something that is actually quite difficult to define. It consists of a multitude of various services provided to the public, some are obvious, and some are not often realized. These consist of “must have” services such as … Continue reading

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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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