Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink!
It is estimated that Canadians produce a total of more than 31 million tonnes of household waste each year. It's up to each of us to make responsible choices. Don't trash it until you've tried the 3R's.
- Avoid items that are excessively or needlessly packaged.
- Buy reusable coffee filters and cloth napkins. Avoid paper/foam plates and cups.
- Avoid plastic bags. Carry reusable bags or boxes for your shopping trips.
- Reuse scrap paper for writing notes and write on both sides.
- Use refillable containers and rechargeable batteries.
- Wash and reuse plastic food storage bags and heavy aluminum foil.
Instead of throwing things you no longer need, consider organizations that can give your items a second life. There are many groups in the City of Greater Sudbury that accept clothing, furniture, appliances and old computers.
- Some organizations are willing to pick up donations.
- Holding a yard or garage sale is a great way to recycle unwanted items so they can be reused by someone else.
The following is a list of non-profit organizations in your area that are willing to accept your gently used items. Select the link of your choice.
- Canadian Diabetes Association (clothesline donations)
- Canadian Diabetes Association (ink cartridges)
- Value Village (donations)
- Saint Vincent de Paul (donations)
- Habitat for Humanity - Re-store (donations)
- Computers for Schools (donations of old computers)
- Car Heaven is an initiative of Summerhill Impact, designed to reward and enable people to get their older, high-polluting cars permanently off the road.
- Freecycle Sudbury
For more information, please call the City at 3-1-1.