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It's not waste until you waste it
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How much do we produce?

Did you know?

North America only has eight per cent of the world's population, but consumes one third of the world's resources and produces one half of the world's garbage!

Garbage is one of the major environmental concerns in North America. We produce more than anywhere else in the world and we're running out of room to put it.

Each Canadian, on average, produces an astonishing 2.2 kilograms of waste each day. That's 30 million tonnes of waste in total each year! What happens to this trash? It may disappear from our curbs, but it doesn't disappear from the planet. Some gets recycled or recovered and some is burned, but the majority is buried in landfills.

 

Activity Idea

Carrying the Burden

How many things will you throw away today? This week? And how much of that "garbage" could be reused, composted or recycled? Discover how quickly our choices can affect the amount of trash we produce.

Here's How:

Ask staff and students to attach a plastic bag to their belts for a day. Ask everyone to put their waste into their own personal garbage bag and make sure that the school's garbage and recycling bins are turned over for that day.

Investigate the trash at the end of the day and develop a personal action plan with goals to reduce, reuse and recycle personal garbage.

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