Heading Back to School? Pack a Lunch That Leaves No Waste

It’s back to school this week for thousands of families across Halton and, with this, comes the return of the daily routine of packing a lunch for school.

When preparing school lunches, think about making it waste-free by choosing products and packaging that can be recycled or composted. Selecting this type of packaging helps to produce less waste, diverting it from Halton’s landfill, one of the Region’s most valuable resources.

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While all publicly-funded schools in Halton participate in Blue Box and GreenCart programs, students and their families can help minimize unnecessary garbage by packing a waste-free lunch every day. Did you know that Halton Region was the first municipality in Ontario to have all its publicly-funded schools participating in the GreenCart program?Trucks

Halton Region residents are already among the best in the province when it comes to diverting waste away from the landfill.

Since April 1, 2013, Halton residents have been able to recycle even more items (e.g. single-serve yogurt cups) in their Blue Box. I’m proud to say residents are recycling more than ever and we’ve seen an eight per cent increase in the amount of Blue Box and GreenCart materials being collected since April 1.

As a result of these continued efforts, the life of Halton’s landfill site will be extended by an additional four years, resulting in a savings of $15 million to taxpayers.landfillgraphic

So this year, when you are packing your lunch, think about how you can reduce your waste. By reducing, reusing, recycling and composting we can have a positive impact on our environment.

To learn more about waste management programs in Halton, please access Halton Region by dialing 311 or visit www.halton.ca/waste. Follow Halton waste management on Twitter @HaltonRecycles and visit the blog at www.haltonrecycles.ca.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”