This week marks Canada’s 11th annual Waste Reduction Week (WRW) which is developed and run by a coalition of waste reduction and conservation organizations from across the country. Waste Reduction Week urges us all to do our part by reducing, reusing and recycling in every aspect of our lives – at home, school and work. WRW’s theme this year, “too good to waste,” inspires us all to think about what we can do every day to minimize our waste to better protect and preserve the environment.
At Halton Region there are many waste diversion programs which provide you with an opportunity to divert various materials away from Halton’s landfill site. Residents are now diverting 60% of residential waste away from the landfill by participating in weekly recycling program and organics program, but there is always more each of us can do!
Additional opportunities for you to divert waste include:
- Electronics contain recyclable materials such as steel, glass, copper, aluminum, plastic and lead and should not be placed in the garbage. Unwanted electronics (televisions, cell phones, computer monitors, computers, printers, etc.) can be dropped off for recycling at the Halton Waste Management Site, 5400 Regional Road 25, Milton (view map ), for no charge (up to 5 items per trip). Electronics are not collected at the curb as garbage or bulk waste.
- Plastic plant pots and trays are not accepted in the Blue Box because this type of plastic can be difficult to process with other acceptable plastic materials. To make it easier to collect these items, Halton Region has been piloting a drop off recycling program for plastic plant pots and trays at the Halton Waste Management Site. Residents can drop off plastic plant pots and trays for no charge at the Halton Waste Management Site , 5400 Regional Road 25, Milton (view map ). The plant pots and trays collected during this pilot will be recycled in Ontario and made into new plastic products including new plant pots! The pilot project runs until October 31, 2011.
- Don’t throw away clothes you’ve outgrown or books or toys you don’t use. Instead, give them to a family member or friend so that someone else can enjoy them. Reuse centres including the Salvation Army Reuse Centre located at Halton’s landfill site, are a great spot to drop off your old items for others to reuse!
- Items such as batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs, paint, chlorine, pesticides and motor oil can harm the environment if disposed of incorrectly. Bring these materials to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot located at the Halton Waste Management Site, 5400 Regional Road 25, Milton (view map ). Household hazardous waste will be recycled, refined or disposed of safely, free of charge (20 L limit). Residential waste only, no commercial loads.
- Over-the-counter and prescription medications can damage the environment or human health if disposed of incorrectly. If you have unused or expired over-the-counter or prescription drugs, contact your pharmacy to find out if they will take back medications for proper disposal. You can also drop off your medications for safe disposal at the Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the Halton Waste Management Site (5400 Regional Road 25, Milton, view map ).
- You can drop-off up to 5 tires per household per trip, free of charge at the Halton Waste Management Site. Many retailers also take back tires for recycling. This is an Ontario Tire Stewardship program that ensures materials are safely recycled. Visit www.ontariots.ca for acceptable materials and drop off locations. Tires collected as part of this program are recycled into items such as rubber floor mats, rubber playground surfaces, and rubberized asphalt.
Wooden Hockey Sticks and Skiis
- Old, used wooden hockey sticks and skiis can be dropped off at the Halton Waste Management Site. These items are collected and reused locally to make items such as coat stands and coffee tables.
In the spirit of Waste Reduction Week, let’s all do our part to reduce, reuse and recycle a little bit more! Together we can make a difference.
Learn more about Waste Reduction Week by visiting www.wrwcanada.com . You can also follow Halton Waste Management on Twitter @HaltonRecycles or read our blog at www.haltonrecycles.ca for great waste reduction tips all year long!
Residents can continue to contact Halton Region by phone for waste related information by dialing 311 or 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-442-5866, TTY 905-827-9833 Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Information and service request tools are also available on the Region’s website at www.halton.ca/waste.
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