26 November 2018
How Can Waste Generation Be Reduced?
Canada’s Eco Fiscal Commission (CEFC), a group of independent experts associated with several universities, recently published a report saying that Canada, which represents only 0.5% of the world’s population produces 2% of the volume of waste generated worldwide. And so, Canada holds the title of waste generation champion per capita—the vast majority of said waste could have been recycled or composted. Québec, the second province in the country to produce the most waste, doesn’t escape this unfavourable review.
Since this status doesn’t quite instill a sense of pride, the question of how to reduce waste generation must be addressed. Here are a few things you can do every day to improve the situation:
- Sort your garbage by putting materials in the correct bins (recycling, compost or garbage). Need help? Contact your municipality for more information.
- Limit packaging and over packaging. More and more supermarkets are offering bulk products—simply use glass jars or airtight containers to store goods.
- Choose reusable bottles and cups over disposable containers such as plastic bottles.
- Eliminate food waste. How do you do that? Make an inventory of your fridge before heading to the grocery store so you don’t buy double—buying in smaller quantities will also help eliminate food waste.
- Compost as much as possible. A multitude of items can go in the famous brown bin. This contributes to significant waste reduction—once you start, you won’t be able to stop!
- Give old computer equipment to organizations if they can still be used. If this isn’t the case, they can be returned to your municipality’s ecocentre or returned to retailers. To find out which location is best/closest for you, click here. To find out what equipment is recyclable, check out the Recycle My Electronics website.
- Buy second-hand products when possible.
- Tired of some of your clothes? Instead of throwing them away, donate them to charity organizations, to Value Village or even to thrift stores.
All of these ideas mentioned are simple and effective ways in which everyone can help preserve the environment for our own well-being and that of future generations.
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