The City of Fort Saskatchewan is implementing a new waste program to serve you better. This initiative aims to reduce the amount of waste being placed in the landfill, and divert these items to more appropriate processing facilities. Did you know? In 2017, Fort Saskatchewan diverted less than 30% of its waste. With your help and cooperation, the city hopes to increase our diversion to 80% in the years to come. A few changes were made to improve the well-being of the community, economy, and environment. Here’s what you need to know…
Benefits of the New Program:
If we each do our part today, we can enjoy a greener, more sustainable Fort Saskatchewan tomorrow! By working together and sorting our waste properly, we can be more conscious about our actions and reduce the impact we have on the environment to help maintain the natural beauty of this wonderful city.
If you are loving the new waste program and want to learn more about what you can do to be more eco-friendly, this section’s for you! Let’s jump in!
Why should I reduce my waste?
As the world’s population continues to grow, resource-usage, the demand for goods and services, and our environmental impact also rise exponentially. By becoming more conscious about your personal choices regarding consumption, you can lessen your environmental impact and make your footprint a little bit greener.
Decreasing the amount of garbage you create can be extremely beneficial, as it results in less waste ending up in our landfills. Reducing your waste can be done by deferring items to the recycling and compost, or even returning beverage containers for a refund.
What can I do to make a difference?
Becoming aware of your everyday actions can be an easy first step to living a more waste-conscious lifestyle. If you were to make one small change and do it every day, the larger impact you can have is amazing! Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
1. Bring Your Own Bag:
Remembering to bring your reusable totes when out shopping is an easy way to reduce your impact. Typically reusable totes are much stronger than plastic grocery bags, and offer a more sustainable option.
→ Fun Fact: 5 TRILLION plastic bags are produced each year. That’s enough to encircle the globe 7 times!
2. Use a Reusable Thermos:
Whether you’re an occasional tea drinker, or a daily Timmy’s kind of person, it’s fair to assume that we have all gone out for a cup o’ joe or latte. By investing in a to-go mug, you eliminate a large amount of single-use plastic from your life. Also, most coffee vendors offer a small discount when you bring your own cup. With this added incentive, why not make the switch?
→ Fun Fact: Plastic lids and stirrers are both on the top ten trash pollutants currently swimming in our oceans.
3. Ditch the Straw:
Want to help the world suck a little less? It’s as simple as saying no to a straw! They are made from a petroleum byproduct (polypropylene) which is difficult for the earth to digest. Next comes the coloured dies, manufacturing and shipping - you end up with a highly polluting product. On top of this, straws are very lightweight and buoyant, making it easy for them to float down our waterways. Let’s all choose to refuse!
→ Fun Fact: Plastic can take anywhere from 500-1000 years to degrade. This means that a straw used for minutes has a life well beyond your drink.