How Much Do We Create? Each person generates ~ 2.7 kg of garbage each day Together, Canadians produce more than 31 million tonnes of garbage each year That’s roughly the same volume of piling up 31 million average family cars!
Where Does it Go? Approximately 67.2 % of Canada’s 31 million tonnes of garbage is disposed of in a landfill A landfill is a large area of land or an excavated site that is specifically designed and built to receive garbage Canada has over 10,000 landfill sites
The Problem More People + More Garbage = Less Available Landfill Space
Reduce To decrease the amount of garbage produced Reduce paper use by using both sides Pack your lunch in reusable containers Purchase products with recycled content Use cloth bags when shopping
Reuse To extend the product by using it again, repairing it, or creating new uses for it Donate clothes, toys and other goods to local charities Reuse jars and containers for storage Use the coloured comics to wrap gifts Purchase durable products that can be repaired and reused
Recycle Collecting and reprocessing already manufactured materials into either the same product or something different Recycle in the garden by composting organics At home, use recycling services set up by your municipality When shopping consider the material that the item is made from and packaged in. Only purchase materials that can be recycled
Get Involved Register for Waste Reduction Week in Canada October 17 th – 23 rd, 2005 www.wrwcanada.com www.wrwcanada.com Plan Waste Reduction Week activities in your school – Complete a classroom waste audit – Hold a litterless lunch day – Challenge another class to a waste free day Let your community know what you are doing