Join the Waste Reduction Movement
Every year, the City of Toronto manages over 900,000 tonnes of waste. This requires money, energy, and resources and takes up valuable landfill space. October 16 to 22 marks Waste Reduction Week in Canada and is a good reminder of the importance of reducing waste year-round. The less waste that is produced, the less there is to manage. Everyone has a role to play.
Here are a number of great ways to reduce your waste:
Use reusable bags for shopping and gift giving, reusable bottles and mugs instead of disposables when on the go and real dishes and cutlery at events. When shopping, consider thrift stores and garage sales.
Find new uses for things you would otherwise throw away. A few examples include using cookie tins for storage, turning old clothes into rags, using cans as pencil holders and using old jars as vases.
Give items you’re not using anymore a new life by donating them. Visit toronto.ca/reuseit for a list of organizations that accept clothing, books, toys, bikes, electronics, furniture, housewares and appliances.
Organize a swap with friends or attend one of the many swap events happening in the city.
Borrow tools, party supplies, camping gear, sports equipment, board games and toys from a lending library or share things like a lawn mower or ladder with neighbours. You can also rent clothing for special events or one-time use.
Extend the life of items like clothing, appliances and electronics by repairing them and keep an eye out for repair events in the city.
Plan ahead, buy only what you need and consider the impact of packaging when making purchases.
Learn more at toronto.ca/reuseit.