Goal

To progress towards zero waste through an integrated waste management approach.

Why it matters

As a whole, we throw away the equivalent of millions of barrels of oil per year, with significant economic, social, environment, and cultural impacts. When reused or recycled, there is potential for waste to be useful.

There are significant costs that come with waste collection and disposal, as well as the creation of greenhouse gas emissions and toxic substances.

Litter in our community can affect our quality of life and economy. Education and proactive measure can help prevent litter.

Fluorescent lights, electronic waste, and similar materials contain toxic chemicals which pose health and environmental risks. You can look in our green guide for disposal instructions.

You can help reduce waste by choosing items with less packaging and avoiding items in single use plastic container (i.e. bottled water, plastic bags). The purchasing decisions we make reduced the impact on our landfill.

Objectives

  • By 2020, the amount of residential solid waste generated annually per capita has decreased by 15% from the 2005 baseline.
  • By 2020, the amount of commercial solid waste generated annually has decreased by 15% from the 2005 baseline.
  • By 2020, single use bottled water is phased out of public facilities, schools, and public events in Thunder Bay and a strategy to phase out the use of other plastic containers has been developed.
  • By 2020, reduce litter through a preventative approach and a culture of litter prevention prevails.
  • By 2020, increase the diversion of hazardous waste and use less toxic alternatives.

Recommended Actions from the EarthCare Sustainability Plan: Waste

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