Reduce your waste without changing your lifestyle
(NC) Waste Reduction Week offers British Columbians an opportunity to take action and make a positive impact on the environment. According to the Recycling Council of British Columbia (RCBC), Canadians generate approximately 30 million tonnes of garbage every year and only recycle about 30 per cent of that material.
You can impact that number for the better. From October 21 to 27, do your part by following these simple tips to minimize your waste:
Use less paper
Just because paper grows on trees doesn't mean we can take it for granted. Change the default settings on printers and photocopiers to ensure double-sided printing every time. When it's time to dispose of paper, be sure to recycle it. Paper can take 80 years to break down in a landfill but when recycled, it helps create new, useful products.
Forget the disposable and jump on the reusable train. Carry your own cloth bags to avoid having to accept plastic bags when shopping. Plastic bags take approximately 1,000 years to break down and can have harmful effects on ecosystems and wildlife. Plus, cloth bags are machine-washable, durable and more stylish.
Recycle small appliances
So, it's time to get rid of that broken toaster, damaged hair straightener or power drill that has been sitting on the top shelf of your closet. ElectroRecycle is B.C.'s small appliance and power tool recycling program and it provides an environmentally friendly alternative for electrical products that would otherwise end up in landfills. With drop-off locations throughout the province, it's easy and convenient. A full list of accepted products and drop-off locations is available at www.electrorecycle.ca.
Buy quality products
Avoid having to purchase the same item over and over again. Look for items that are durable and stand the test of time. The initial cost may be higher, but it will be worth it in the long run.
Receive less mailThere is a lot you can do to limit what's coming through your mail slot. Pay your bills online instead of receiving hard copies in the mail. Do you want to go that extra step and avoid additional flyers and direct mail? Opt out of unaddressed admail with Canada Post's Consumer Choice Program. More information is available online at www.canadapost.ca.
Reducing your waste doesn't require changing your lifestyle – and by following these tips, you can make a positive impact on the environment with minimal effort.
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