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.241 signatures
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.
Melissa Shah endorsed 2014-07-19 21:34:48 -0400
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.
Take the extra step:Endorse
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!
Melissa Shah endorsed 2014-07-19 21:33:15 -0400
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Melissa Shah endorsed 2014-07-19 21:24:10 -04003.9!
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.
Melissa Shah answered 2014-07-19 21:22:15 -0400Q: 4 - What do you hope to get from the Waste Free Challenge?
A: To figure out ways to reduce my individual waste and also a way for our condo building to get Green bins! I recently was angered to find out that the planes that land at Pearson International (YYZ) do not recycle anymore! According to the stewardess: “Toronto Pearson, as well as a few other Canadian airports, stopped recycling because it was too expensive”. I want to change this but don’t know where to start.
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!