We decided to dig into the waste at the TEA office to find out how we can reduce it. We're a bit embarrassed about the results, but we've resolved to do better.Read more
Ever wonder what happens to food waste put in Toronto's Green Bin?
Started in 2002, Toronto's Green Bin program was one of the first curbside organics collection programs in North America. Soon, more than half of that food waste will be processed right here in Toronto.Read more
Food waste is the largest single waste type in most households, and it's also a major source of waste at work.
As part of taking the Waste Free Challenge, we at TEA decided to tackle food waste in our office since we have no green bin pick up. Jocelyn from WASTENOT Worm Farms helped us set up an indoor worm composter with hundreds of red worms!Read more
The Waste Free Challenge has shown us great ideas about reducing waste at home, but the Challenges can also apply to community groups, schools and offices!Read more
Eating outdoors is a great way to enjoy Toronto's green spaces, but with picnics often comes plastic forks, disposable cups and napkins.
How can we make sure that our time enjoying nature isn't harming the environment?Read more
Did you ask a building manager to get Green Bins? What happened? Share your story and your ideas here!
Help Grow Green Bins
One of the biggest types of waste is organic waste - this includes food waste and other things that can be composted, like tissues. However, many Torontonians just don’t have green bins. A large number of people who live in apartments and condos don’t have access to green bins. Many schools, small businesses and community centres across the City also don’t have green bins. That means thousands of tonnes of food waste are going to landfill.
The good news is that the City offers green bins to every apartment, business, school and building that the City collects waste from.
Help bring green bins to more Toronto buildings. Call or email the building manager of your apartment, school or community centre to let them know that you'd like green bins for the building.
- If you have green bins at home, think about community centres, businesses and other places you go that don't have green bins, but should. Write to the relevant property manager, or call your Councillor.
Make a phone call, or use our suggestions below to send a letter to your building manager.
Dear (INSERT NAME of relevant property manager for your apartment, school, temple, etc),
INSERT PERSONAL STATEMENT - e.g. "I live in this building." Or "I attend this school." Or "I use this Community Centre for weekly classes."
Food waste is the largest single type of waste in our garbage. Toronto studies found that up to 70% of garbage from residents in apartments is food waste.
Organic waste collection, or green bins, can greatly reduce waste, recycling valuable nutrients back into the soil. With City of Toronto collection, green bin pick up is free, which also means lower waste bills.
Please bring green bin collection to our APARTMENT / CONDO / SCHOOL / COMMUNITY building, so that we can start reducing waste.
YOUR NAME, ADDRESS / EMAIL ADDRESS
Take the extra step:
Start a backyard composter, or set up a worm composter on your balcony or at your office!