Did you know that, in Canada, 34 million tons of waste is generated each year? Half of that waste ends up in landfills when 93 per cent could be either recycled or composted. Fortunately, awareness Waste Reduction week is in October. The week will offer all kinds of activities along with recommendations to apply all year round! The real challenge is at the individual, municipal, school and consumption levels.

At the commercial business level, companies such as Sorinco and Prorec can be good examples on how to reduce your environmental footprint. At the individual level, sort plastic, recycle paper and cardboard, metal and glass, compost, collect wood, dispose of hazardous materials and construction waste. Accountability for our actions should be the first step in leaving the world a cleaner place.

To conclude, here are some simple tips to reduce your waste:

For the more enthusiastic, check out “The Basic Guide to recycling in Quebec” or pick up the book “You and Your Waste” by Marlene Hutchinson.

Have a successful Waste Reduction Week!

Sources: Statistics Canada, sqrd.org, homeownership.ca

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