Celebrate Waste Reduction Week – October 17 to 23

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

    • 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 External Link), for no charge (up to 5 items per trip). Electronics are not collected at the curb as garbage or bulk waste. 
  • Plastic Flower Pots and Trays

    • 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 External Link). 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.
  • Reuse Centres

    • 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!
  • Household Hazardous Waste

    • 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 External Link). Household hazardous waste will be recycled, refined or disposed of safely, free of charge (20 L limit). Residential waste only, no commercial loads.
  • Medications

    • 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 External Link).
  • Tires

    • 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 External Link 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.
  • Paint/Stain

    • Usable paint and stain can be dropped off or picked up at Halton’s Paint and Stain Reuse Depot at no charge. The reuse depot is located beside the Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the Halton Waste Management Site (5400 Regional Road 25, Milton, view map External Link). Open from spring to fall.
  • 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 External Link. 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.

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

Halton’s pilot project for recycling plant pots and trays an early success

Halton Region launched a pilot project early this summer to allow residents to recycle plastic plant pots and trays at the Halton Waste Management Site. Since starting the pilot on May 24, 2011, Halton Region has already diverted more than 1.5 tonnes of plastic plant pots and trays for recycling.

Plastic pots and trays are currently not accepted in the Region’s Blue Box program because the plastic is difficult to process with the other acceptable materials, but they can be recycled if they are collected separately.

Residents purchase plants for their gardens all summer long but are often unsure of what to do with the plastic pots and trays that are left over. This new pilot project provides Halton residents with another convenient opportunity for recycling and also diverts more plastic material away from the Region’s landfill.

Residents can continue to drop off their plastic plant pots and trays, free of charge, at the Halton Waste Management Site (HWMS), located at 5400 Regional Road 25 in Milton (view map External Link) until October 31, 2011. The Halton Waste Management Site is open every Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Plant pots and trays must be separated based on the plastic identification number (2, 5, 6) listed inside the recycling triangle on the bottom of the pot or tray. Separated containers can be placed into the appropriate bins at the Region’s landfill site. All of the plant pots and trays collected during this pilot program will be recycled in Ontario and made into new plastic products.

Along with the Halton Waste Management Site, some local garden centres are also taking back plant pots and trays, however conditions apply and residents are asked to check with the retailer before dropping off materials. A listing of garden centres taking back plant pots and trays can be found in Halton’s Take It Back! Online directory located at www.halton.ca/waste.

To learn more about this recycling pilot project contact Halton Region by dialing 311 or 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-442-5866, TTY 905-827-9833 or visit us online at www.halton.ca/waste.

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