Adele Therias endorsed 2014-07-14 18:53:45 -0400Since I am moving out of the house soon for university, I figured I needed my own “grown-up” address book. I was about to buy a brand new one, but instead realized that I didn’t really need to purchase a new product. Instead, I tool an old, unused agenda and created letters A to Z and assigned pages to each letter- voila! A perfectly waste free address book :)
Think Twice Before You Buy!
Did you know that you can help the environment and reduce waste by simply not buying something? By repairing, sharing, swapping or re-using things, you can avoid wasteful packaging and avoid sending more things to landfill - and you’ll probably save money.
We can buy less, share things, or buy second-hand things to reduce the waste impact of what we own.
This includes things like borrowing a book from the library, or sharing tools with a neighbour instead of buying your own. You can also buy second hand clothing or donate your old furniture to a charitable store.
- Instead of buying something new, reconsider it – borrow it from a friend, or rent it instead. Or, if you really need your own, buy it second hand. Share a photo and tell us about it!
- Instead of throwing out something you don’t use anymore, donate or sell it to someone who could use it. Tell us about it! The City of Toronto website lists local non-profit groups that accept donations of used goods.
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Repair it! Instead of tossing something out, get it repaired, or learn to maintain it yourself so it lasts longer. Mend your clothes, or get them altered by a tailor. Tell us about your repair adventure and snap a photo!
Adele Therias endorsed 2014-05-10 07:56:49 -0400apparently plastic cutlery is recyclable? i never knew!!! thanks waste wizard~ i shared this challenge with my eco team and school through our facebook group and page :)
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.
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If you already use the City tools above, share these links with a friend, or a family member.
Adele Therias endorsed 2014-05-09 19:22:39 -0400estimated 2.0 cubic metres per year but the bin isn’t always full!
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.
Adele Therias answered 2014-05-09 19:17:44 -0400Q: 4 - What do you hope to get from the Waste Free Challenge?
A: educate myself so that i can share with the greater community! challenge myself further and be creative with my waste reduction methods.
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!