Reducing waste, buying less, and carefully recycling the rest is key to going Waste Free. But when buying new, choose products made from recycled material. Buying recycled supports the green economy, and saves energy and water.
To show how easy it is to buy recycled, we've compiled a list of 5 everyday things you can easily buy recycled right now (and this will help you complete Challenge #6 in the Waste Free Challenge!)Read more
It's a new season, and with it comes new styles, and new clothing. What can you do with your clothes to reduce waste going to landfill?
Clothing, shoes and fabrics in good condition can be swapped, donated or sold to someone else who can re-use them. You can also mend or alter your clothes to create a new look.
Did you know that you can also recycle your old textiles that are just too worn out for re-use?Read more
Though many people toss coffee cups in the Blue Bin, the sad truth is that take out coffee cups are just not recyclable in Toronto's blue bins. That means far too many cups are sent to Toronto's landfill each year.
So what can Toronto do?
First - we can all carry a refillable mug, or have our coffee at the cafe. But, when it comes to coffee on the run, the good news is that the City of Toronto is studying the problem and doing some pilot tests this summer.Read more
Talking about waste as a community is one of the most important parts of the Waste Free Challenge - when we work together, our impact can be huge!
TEA has partnered with CASSA - the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians - to promote the Waste Free Challenge in the South Asian community. This week, the CapaCITY Creators team launched a Waste Free Guide to Hosting a Dinner Party with a waste free picnic in Scarborough (photo).Read more
We decided to dig into the waste at the TEA office to find out how we can reduce it. We're a bit embarrassed about the results, but we've resolved to do better.Read more
The Waste Free Challenge has shown us great ideas about reducing waste at home, but the Challenges can also apply to community groups, schools and offices!Read more
The City of Toronto sends almost 500,000 tonnes of garbage to the Green Lane landfill each year - just under half of all of the waste collected in the city. If Toronto continues at this rate, Toronto's Green Lane landfill will be full by 2026.
This summer, the City is looking at what to do over the next 30-50 years with Toronto's growing garbage and a key issue is whether to bury garbage in a new landfill, or to burn it in an incinerator. However, based on City waste statistics, we know that a lot more can be done to reduce, reuse and recycle it in the first place.Read more
Tired of cigarette butts littering the street? Cigarettes butts aren't just ugly to look at, as litter, they're also harmful to the environment.
Cigarette filters are not biodegradable, they're plastic, and full of toxic chemicals that are harmful to our waterways, our soil and our wildlife.Read more
Eating outdoors is a great way to enjoy Toronto's green spaces, but with picnics often comes plastic forks, disposable cups and napkins.
How can we make sure that our time enjoying nature isn't harming the environment?Read more
Community Environment Days are annual events held in each ward in Toronto, hosted by the local Councillor.
These events are an opportunity for residents to drop off special waste and talk with solid waste staff right in their own neighbourhood.Read more