Waste Reduction

We all have an important role to play in reducing and diverting waste from the landfill. Reducing the amount of waste created and finding ways to repurpose and reuse eliminates the need to dispose of items later.

Whether you are at home, school, work or on the go, there are choices you can make to reduce waste. Here are some tips:

Use what you have, borrow what you don't

  • Make your own cleaning products using common household ingredients. This eliminates excess packaging, is less harmful to the environment and can save you money. Find recipes >>
  • Repair items when possible instead of throwing them away. Ask a handy friend for help or attend a Repair Café.
  • Reuse rather than dispose. Newspapers can be used as gift wrap or to line your compost bin. Glass jars can be used for storage.
  • Rent and borrow items you rarely use (suits, tools, decorations etc.).

Make available to others what you no longer need

  • Post items that are in good condition in a local buy and sell group.
  • Donate reusable items to charity, remember to 'donate responsibly' by contacting organizations first to find out what they accept. Find locations >>
  • Plan a clothing swap with friends or host a yard sale.

Exercise your power as a consumer

  • Think about your purchases. Do you need it? Can you buy it with less packaging? Consider buying local, second hand or items made from recycled materials.
  • Purchase products that are made to last. That way you won’t have to replace them as frequently. Think quality over quantity.

Buy what you need, use what you buy

  • Reduce food waste by making a meal plan and buying only what you know you will use. More tips and recipes at Love Food Hate Waste Canada.
  • Feed the land, not the landfill! By participating in green bin programs you help create a valuable resource.

Avoid single-use items when you can

  • Fill a reusable water bottle at home to take with you while you're on the go. Many locations offer water fountains with spouts for refilling bottles.
  • Pack your own lunch for school or work. Use beeswax wraps and reusable containers.
  • Keep a reusable straw (or forgo the straw altogether) and a set of reusable cutlery in your bag for your takeout meals.
  • Avoid items that come in single serving packages such as granola bars or coffee pods. Buy items in larger bulk or make your own.
  • Bring your reusable grocery and produce bags when shopping. To further reduce single-use plastics buy products directly from local farmers market.

What is the CRD doing to reduce and reuse?

The CRD’s approach to waste management is based upon the 5R hierarchy: reduce, reuse, recycle, resource recovery and residual management. To learn more about what the CRD is doing to divert waste have a look at our annual reports.

Know Before You Go

As donation and reuse organizations reopen, some may only be accepting limited items or have changes to their procedures. Contact facilities directly to learn more.

Look to Reduce or Reuse…then Recycle!

If you can’t find a way to reduce or reuse, see if you can recycle it. Have an item you’re not sure about? Look it up on myrecyclopedia.ca.

2020 Waste Reduction Week in Canada!

October 19 - 25

Find tips and resources for making more environmentally conscious choices that support natural resource preservation and help address challenges such as climate change and water pollution.

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