Barrie Environmental Centre 272 Ferndale Drive North (705) 739-4219RethinkWaste@barrie.ca
Waste Reduction Week in Canada
By rethinking waste, residents can help prolong the life of Barrie's landfill and contribute to efforts in solving global environmental challenges.
The future of waste management in Barrie includes a Circular Economy. This means we need to rethink the traditional three Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) and consider the value of materials and products before they become waste. The Circular Economy is about ways to move toward greener, more sustainable options.
How can we do this? It means finding creative ways to make items, use things in new ways or return items so they can be reused. It means reducing food waste, and repairing or sharing things instead of throwing them out.
In addition to
sorting your waste for proper disposal, there are many ways to rethink waste and help prolong the life of Barrie's landfill:
Recycle My Electronics Learning Hub to learn about recycling electronics via fun games, activities and videos for the whole family!
Learn how to reduce and reuse plastics by visiting the
Plastic Action Centre, an independent source that gathers information to educate, engage, and empower action on plastics.
Take the Food Waste Pledge and commit to making choices that will keep your food from becoming waste. You can take the pledge as an individual, school, business/organization, household, or community. There's also a special
pledge for kids!
Please place all food waste in your
green bin so organics don't go to the landfill, where they produce methane gas.
Millions of Canadians engage in the sharing economy everyday—through ride sharing apps, libraries, rental services, online music/video streaming and more. The Sharing Economy shows us how simple it can be to extend the life of everyday products.
Become part of a swap, share and repair community. Here are some examples:
Learn about the City of Barrie's waste diversion programs in a fun way with our Rethink Waste Sorting Game. Sort materials correctly and "win" fun items to build your own digital park!
Sorting information does not apply to households outside of Barrie.
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