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Electronic waste management: How we can make a difference

Posted by Tyler Munro on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 3:33 PM

As a society, we’re constantly striving for newer electronic devices. Unfortunately, our endless quest for the latest gadget is taking a serious toll on the environment.

Electronic waste, or e-waste for short, encompasses electrical and electronic equipment that’s outdated, unwanted, or broken. And it’s a global issue. Just last year, we produced 50 million metric tonnes of it, according to estimates by the UN Environmental Programme. To put that in perspective, that’s the same weight as 125,000 jumbo jets. Unfortunately, those numbers are only set to increase.

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Topics: e-waste, e-cycling, electronic waste, sustainability

5 Ideas To Reduce Residential Food Waste

Posted by Recycle Coach on Friday, June 1, 2018 1:20 PM

Do you toss left over or spoiled food into the garbage on a weekly basis? You’re not alone. Many municipalities are finding that food waste is a significant contributor to the organic material portion of the municipal solid waste stream, mostly generated from residents at-home.

In the U.S., almost half of food waste is generated from consumer and residential sources, according to a 2012 Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA) study. The remaining food waste comes from restaurants (37%), institutions such as schools and hospitals (22%), manufacturers (3%), and retailers (2%).

In Canada, 47% of food waste occurs at home. This means that each household throws away $28 worth of food weekly or $1,456 annually.

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Topics: food waste, organic food waste, municipal solid waste stream, residential food waste, sustainability, spoiled food

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