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  • signed Packaging Petition 2014-07-13 09:44:37 -0400

    Packaging Petition

    Companies that sell products have a choice about the type and amount of packaging they use on their products.

    Many states and countries are creating rules that make these companies responsible for their products and packaging, even after they leave the store. This gives companies a reason to use less packaging and to ensure that it's recyclable. In Ontario, we've made a start, but companies need to do more.

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    Dear The Packaging Association of Canada (PAC), 

    As the organization that calls itself "the voice of the Canadian packaging industry since 1950," your members are mostly responsible for the products and packaging that end up in municipal waste systems.

    We urge your member companies to take responsibility for the packaging waste they create. That's why I am requesting your member companies to:

    a. stop using non-recyclable materials to make packaging.
     
    b. pay back municipalities for the full costs of dealing with packaging once it ends up in the waste or recycling stream.

    Sincerely,

     

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  • endorsed 2014-07-13 09:39:18 -0400

    Challenge 2 - Measure Your Waste

    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.
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  • endorsed 2014-07-14 18:54:00 -0400
    Found a place to store my toxic waste! Looking forward to the next Community Environment Day to dispose of it properly!

    Challenge 9 - Tackle Toxic Trash

    CEDay_Ward19_Haz_Waste_Paint-cropped-sm.jpgTackle Toxic Trash

    Certain types of waste can't go in the garbage or recycling bin because they contain toxic ingredients that can harm the environment or human health. This type of special waste needs to be sorted and sent to the right place so it can be recycled properly.

    Special waste includes batteries, CFLs (compact fluorescent lights) and fluorescent tubes, medication, paint, oil, nail polish and cleaning products (anything with a 'hazard' symbol). Read the full list on the City website.

    Challenge:

    • Create a space in your home to store this. Choose a safe place away from kids and pets and keep all products in their original containers. Make a sign and let everyone in your household know about it.

    • If you live in an apartment, ask your building manager to create a Special Waste drop off spot. They can call the City to collect it.
    • Upload a photo of your waste collection spot in the comments below.

     

    Where to recycle your hazardous and special waste:

    • Residents can drop off special waste free at any of the 7 City waste Drop-off depots.

    • If you've got a lot of special waste, the Toxic Taxi can come right to your door to collect special waste for free. You need the equivalent of 10 litres of hazardous waste (about 2 and half paint cans).  Call 311 or fill out an online request.

    • If you live in an apartment, talk to your Property Manager about arranging a collection day for the whole building

     

    Take the extra step:
    Find ways to reduce the special and hazardous waste in your home. Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposables. Or make non-toxic cleaners that are safer for you and the environment.  See recipes in Section 8 of TEA's Toxics Reduction Tool Kit.
     

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  • endorsed 2014-05-18 21:17:15 -0400
    When I lived in Tanzania, I visited this amazing place called Wonder Welders where disabled artisans are hired to make items out of recyclable materials. I bought this nifty calendar and notebook! They also had jewelery, toys and furniture to name a few. And the coolest part is, you can actually see how they make everything! You can find out more at: http://www.wonderwelders.org


    In Toronto, I always use reusable bags when grocery shopping and I use recyclable stationary where possible. Staples has a decent selection! My next purchase will be recyclable business cards!

    Challenge 6 - Buy Recycled

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    Buy Recycled

    Buying recycled products is another way to reduce waste. Recycled materials don’t use as many raw materials and natural resources. They also use less water and save energy. Recycled products also help keep the green recycling economy thriving.

    Recycled content is used for many products:

    • office or school supplies (paper, pens and printing cartridges)
    • home supplies (paint, storage bins and garbage bags)
    • clothing or reusable bags made with plastic fibres

    Choosing paper made from 100% recycled paper instead of trees uses 50% less water and energy - and it saves trees!

    Challenge:

    • If you’re buying new products, choose something that is made of recycled materials. Aim for 100% post-consumer recycled content.
    • Share a photo or tell us about it

    Take the extra step:
    Write to a company that you buy from and ask them to include more recycled content in their products.

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  • endorsed 2014-05-18 21:04:22 -0400
    I always carry around my reusable water bottle with me to the gym, school, work, everywhere! From my experiences, coffee and tea places will let you use your own bottle/mug and some even give discounts!

    Challenge 5 - Choose to Re-use

    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).

    Challenge:

    • 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:
    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.

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  • endorsed 2014-05-18 20:52:07 -0400
    Who needs to go shopping when you have great friends that will lend you their cute clothes? The newest additions to my closet are all items I got from my friends or clothing swaps! Give it a try; you’ll be surprised at the great new outfits you’ll find!

    Challenge 4 - Think Twice Before You Buy

    Mending-Robert-Donovan-cropped-400kb.jpgThink 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.

    Challenge: 

    • 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.

     

    Take the extra step:
    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!

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  • endorsed 2014-05-18 20:47:35 -0400
    Just e-mailed 311 for my new Waste Calendar! Also gave the Waste Wizard a go! Did you know that coffee cup sleeves are recyclable? Can’t wait to share this great tool with all my friends and family!

    Challenge 3 - Use Toronto's Trash Tools

    Screenshot of Waste WizardUse 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!

    Challenge:

    • 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 311@toronto.ca 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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    Take the extra step:
    If you already use the City tools above, share these links with a friend, or a family member.

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  • answered 2014-05-08 10:12:01 -0400
    Q: 4 - What do you hope to get from the Waste Free Challenge?
    A: I would like to learn more about what businesses and households can do to reduce, separate and properly dispose of their waste. I am specifically interested in learning more about what can be done to divert/mitigate restaurant and specialty event food, packaging, and supplies waste.

    Challenge 1 - Waste Free Survey

    The Waste Free Challenge is 10 simple steps that anyone in Toronto can take.
    Tell us about you, and why you are taking the Challenge!

    Take the survey