North Grenville stresses waste reduction

Waste Reduction Week gives residents a chance to learn about the benefits of sustainable practices, resource efficiency and waste reduction, and to celebrate 20 years of success from Waste Reduction Week in Canada.

This October the theme of Waste Reduction Week is “Then – Now – Future,” and seven different daily themes that kicked off by introducing the principles of the circular economy while the weekday themes discuss waste management issues and materials streams like textiles, e-waste, plastics and good waste.

The weekend encourages people to extend the life of products and material by a sharing economy, swapping and repairing, stated the Waste Reduction Week in Canada website.

The Municipality of North Grenville will be sharing different tips and messages on various social media platforms on ways to reduce waste and ways to reuse items, as well as addressing the daily themes throughout the week.

“It’s an opportunity for communities to think about how we can reduce waste, divert waste, and of course recycle,” said North Grenville Mayor Nancy Peckford.

“Considering the Seven Rs – Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle and Rot – can help you find new and simple ways to further reduce your footprint, minimize waste and work towards greater sustainability,” added Coun. Kristin Strackerjan in a prepared statement.

On the final two days of Waste Reduction Week, the municipality will also host a Curbside Giveaway Weekend where residents can place unwanted or no longer needed items like furniture, that are marked “Free” at the curb to give away. Come dusk on Sunday evening, any unclaimed items must be removed by residents.

According to Peckford, Curbside Giveaways used to be very popular in the municipality pre-pandemic and she is excited to have it back this weekend.

“Our community has a long history of environmental responsibility and attention to protecting natural assets so we are celebrating it again this year,” said Peckford.

An organics collection program began in February 2021 in the municipality and has since diverted 794.11 tonnes of food and other organic material waste from landfill. The organic collection is part of North Grenville’s evolving waste management program, said Peckford.

As Ontario works towards banning food and organic waste from ending up in landfills by 2022, the municipality decided to move forward in that direction as well.

Organic waste in North Grenville gets picked up free of charge on a weekly basis by a waste management company, Emterra Environmental; it picks up the food/organic waste that is then sent to the City of Ottawa to its composting facility.

Organic material like dryer lint, cold barbecue and fireplace ashes, wood chips, food scraps and more can be put out for pickup and no bag tag is required for collection, unlike regular biweekly garbage collection.

“The more that we can divert from the landfill, the better,” said Peckford.

(Jessica Munro is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)
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