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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Reducing Waste

 Recycle

Why is reducing waste important?

Not only does it cost a lot of money, energy and natural resources to manufacture and transport new products, it also costs a great deal to transport and process these products once we're done with them. The more waste we put in the ground, the more our landfills release methane gas (a contributor to climate change), as well as leachate, a toxic sludge that can kill plants and animals and contaminate our water supplies.

Simply put, waste causes pollution, contributes to climate change and squanders more money, energy and natural resources than most of us realize. Making small changes we make in our everyday lives can make a powerful difference to the health of all living things and the province and planet we call home.

 

 Badge Good (make that green) news, Saskatchewan!

Take a look at these impressive results and click on each recyclable to see how you can participate:  

  • Over 380,000 litres of paint collected and diverted from landfills in under two years
  • In 2013, almost 3,300 tonnes of old electronics recycled throuth Electronic Products Recycling Association.
  • Almost 800,000 scrap tires diverted from landfills in 2013.
  • In 2013, 18.74 million litres of used oil and over two million oil filters were recycled in the province.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Can Make a Difference! 

What can you do?

Let's throw away our "throw away" mentality!  We're making great progress as a province, but there's more each of us can do. Let's LIVE the 3Rs:

REDUCING is the most important step. If you can avoid buying something, you don't have to figure out what to do with it later! Before purchasing, ask yourself:

"Do I really need this? Do I already have something that might do the job? Can I rent or borrow instead? Is the item meant to be used once and thrown out? Are there more durable, less wasteful alternatives?"

REUSING is all about giving things a second life. Ask yourself:

"Is this item still usable? Can it be repaired? Who might I be able to give it to? Consider donating items to schools, libraries, daycares, shelters, care homes, hospitals, doctors' offices or thrift shops. Renovating? Donate useful materials and fixtures to your local charity."

RECYCLING is the final R because it involves energy and resources to process materials into new products, but you can't be green without it. Fortunately, recycling is quickly becoming the norm in Saskatchewan. Here's what you can do right now:

  • Shop green. Try to purchase products made from recycled material, ideally post-consumer content, which comes from community recycling programs.
  • Leave grass clipping on your lawn. It will help to retain moisture and keep your grass green.
  • Start composting.  You don't even need a yard!


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