Trash Talk

LandfillWould you buy four oranges and immediately throw one out? Or eight apples just to toss two into the trash?

We aren’t just comparing apples and oranges here. The fact is Canadians regularly throw out 25 per cent of our purchased produce. This waste empties our wallets but fills up landfills.

Did you know?

  • One tonne of municipal garbage takes up 1.5 – 2.5 cubic metres of space in a landfill.
  • Studies show that 25 per cent of municipal waste can be diverted away from landfills through changes in consumer behaviour.
  • During the first 15 years of burial in a landfill, only 25 per cent of organic material such as food and yard waste decomposes.
  • Organic materials that decompose in landfills can produce methane gas. Methane is 21 times more potent than C02 as a greenhouse gas.

Now that you do, what do you plan to do about it?

There are some simple things you can start doing right now to cut down on food waste – and the best part is that they won’t cost you a dime – in fact – you may end up saving money and the environment!

  • Plan a menu for the week
  • Perfect serving portions
  • Check your fridge to see what you need
  • Store food for maximum shelf life

This week is Waste Reduction Week. All Canadians are encouraged to help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. There are lots of ways you can make a difference. The Alberta government Waste Reduction Week website is a great place to look for some ideas.

We all can play a role in environmental health and wellness. What will you do?

2 thoughts on “Trash Talk

    • Hi Cathie!

      You are right that organic waste need not be go to landfill.

      At this time, ESRD does not have a provincial organics diversion policy. The collection and composting (or disposal) of municipal solid waste is under municipalities’ jurisdiction. ESRD has been working with municipalities to decrease organics going to landfill by first focusing on leaf and yard waste. To this end, we worked with stakeholders to develop “Recommendations for Reducing Leaf and Yard Waste in Alberta”.

      We encourage Albertans to either speak with their local municipality to learn about composting options available in their community or to start their own composting bin. Information to help them get started can be found on our Composting at Home website. http://esrd.alberta.ca/waste/composting-at-home/default.aspx

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