Mark Kinoshita endorsed 2014-06-19 20:42:33 -0400We use reusable sandwhich wraps instead of plastics wrap or bags as well.
Choose to Re-Use!
It's the small things that add up. One coffee cup or one bottle of water doesn't seem like much. Now, think about how full a garbage can would be with 250 single use coffee cups, one for every work day in the year?
Now imagine if just 10% of Torontonians (250,000 people) used throw-away cups and water bottles: it would be a nightmare of unnecessary waste!
But if you choose reusables, like a refillable water bottle, or a travel mug, you can help eliminate this nightmare. You save money and you help the environment (bottled water costs so much more than tap water, and Toronto's tap water is some of the cleanest in the world).
Get a refillable water bottle and reusable travel mug and commit to carrying them with you. Or, if you're having a coffee or tea at a cafe, ask them to put it in a reusable mug instead of a disposable cup.
Snap a photo of yourself using your refillable water bottle or mug and share it with us below.
Take the extra step:Endorse
If you already carry a mug and water bottle, choose a reusable to replace another disposable product in your life - for example using lunch containers instead of disposable bags, or carrying reusable cutlery to use when you get take-out food. Tell us about it and share a photo.
Mark Kinoshita endorsed 2014-06-19 20:38:52 -0400good resource – but still doesn’t answer the question of why food soiled cardboard is not picked up when in the green bin, or electronics left out in a box is not picked up (especially computer components, drives, boards).
Use Toronto’s Trash Tools
Did you know that in Toronto, more than half of what residents are putting into their garbage bag shouldn't be there? Much of what is put out as garbage can actually be recycled or composted.
There is a lot to learn about Toronto’s waste, and how we can reduce it.
The good news is that the City has a number of user-friendly tools to help you put your waste in the right place!
- Visit toronto.ca/wastewizard and bookmark the Waste Wizard, a simple online search tool to identify where to put your waste.
- The free City waste calendar lists waste collection days and each month features a number of tips on how to sort your waste - if you didn’t get one, order one now by calling 311 or send an email to email@example.com and ask for a Waste Calendar.
Tip: See "What Goes Where" on City of Toronto website for links to information on how to sort and set out your waste.
Take the extra step:Endorse
If you already use the City tools above, share these links with a friend, or a family member.
Mark Kinoshita endorsed 2014-06-19 20:28:34 -04001 m^3
Knowing how much waste you produce will help you identify how it can be reduced!
- Use Tool #1 OR Tool #2 below to calculate the approximate garbage your household creates in a year.
- Enter your calculated household waste per year in the comment box below to complete the challenge.
Mark Kinoshita answered 2014-06-19 20:26:27 -0400Q: 4 - What do you hope to get from the Waste Free Challenge?
A: Better understanding of what items are recyclable and compostable and how to help family, friends and my students understand the same.
The Waste Free Challenge is 10 simple steps that anyone in Toronto can take.Take the survey
Tell us about you, and why you are taking the Challenge!