News Release Ontario News
October 20, 2015
Help Divert Waste From Landfills
The province is marking Waste Reduction Week – which runs from October 19 to 23 – by encouraging the people of Ontario and businesses to help reduce the nearly nine million tonnes of waste sent to landfill each year.
Ontarians have access to a number of programs to reduce the amount of waste that is placed in the garbage:
- The Blue Box Program accepts various types of glass, metal, plastic, and paper, including beverage containers, such as water bottles and soft drink containers.
- The Ontario Deposit Return Program encourages the diversion of wine and spirit containers from landfill by providing a refund for the return of empty beverage alcohol containers for recycling.
- The Electronic Waste Program collects 44 types of electronics, including desktop and portable computers, printers, televisions, copiers, telephones and cell phones.
- The Ontario PaintRecycle Program accepts unused paint through a number of collection sites, including retail locations. Empty paint containers can be placed in the Blue Box.
- The Used Tire Program recycles all old tires rather than using up valuable landfill space.
Other programs to recycle, reuse and safely dispose of common household items include:
- The Gimme5Program which accepts used water filters. Plastic from water filters is made into new products, such as re-usable tableware.
- The Switch the ‘Stat program which collects older thermostats containing mercury. Switching to newer, energy-efficient thermostats is safer for human health and the environment.
Most pharmacies accept returned pharmaceutical, homeopathic and herb-based remedies and syringes for safe disposal.