Waste Reduction Week wraps up

Waste Reduction Week

That’s a wrap on another successful Waste Reduction Week!

Homes, schools, businesses, and communities across the country got excited about going green by making proclamations to reduce waste and by participating in local or national events like the Recycle My Cell challenge.

Going green is something we can do every day. The simple act of reducing, reusing and recycling our waste all adds up and can make a big difference in our environment. Here are some examples of the great work we’ve already accomplished – we’re looking to you to help us get even better results over the coming year:

Alberta’s beverage recycling rate is already at an impressive 84 per cent – but if we increase it by only another one per cent, we’ll divert more than 130,000 tonnes of recyclable waste from our landfills. Every single recycled container makes a difference:

  • Enough energy is saved by recycling one aluminum can to run a TV set for three hours or to light one 100 watt bulb for 20 hours.
  • You can make 20 cans out of recycled material with the same amount of energy it takes to make one new can.
  • Five recycled 2-litre plastic bottles make enough fibrefill to stuff a ski jacket.

We’ve also teamed up with four of Canada’s major retail associations to reduce plastic bag distribution 50 per cent by 2013. This will keep more than 300 million used plastic bags out of our closets and garbage dumps.

At the recent Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) meeting, environment ministers from across the country approved an industry-led national strategy to reduce product packaging at the source.

Industry made four specific commitments:

  • Continue eliminating polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from rigid plastic packaging – a key contaminant – to make recycling easier.
  • Assess current use of packaging as a benchmark to set future targets, timelines, and reporting requirements.
  • Develop voluntary packaging guidelines based on existing best practices and international standards.
  • Engage the public on packaging reduction strategies.

By working together and making simple choices everyday, we can reduce our impact on the environment.  For more tips you can use at home, school, and work, visit: www.OneSimpleAct.ca.


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