Recycling : Residential

Close the loop: buy recycled

Did you know that you can close the manufacturing loop by purchasing items with recycled content? We need to! Recycling has become commonplace, but with the act of recycling doesn’t do a huge amount for the environment – unless we also buy recycled material and create a market for the recycled material we make.

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Getting your Compost Ready for Winter

Get your compost ready for the winter season with this handy video. Compost is made when healthy bacteria and organisms digest the organic matter in your bin and turn it into nutrient rich soil. Keeping these bacteria and organisms happy over the cold weather helps make your compost ready for the spring rush. Like all living organisms the bacteria need heat, food and water to survive. Now is the time to make sure your compost is

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Hop – Rocking the Closed Loop System in Calgary

Sustainability is built on a sense of community. Local community. It is only by working together and meeting each other needs that we can make the most of the earth resources and take back a healthy lifestyle. Founder of Hop, Kevin Davies says "The closed loop is a step beyond farm to table. We created Hop so food scraps return from table to farm to sustain the next generation of local food. The closed loop is regenerative agriculture for

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Renoback – Reclaiming Construction Waste

Building construction and renovation produces waste. On average, for every 1,000 sq foot of standard home built, 4,000 lbs of waste is generated. You would think that some of this would be diverted to other projects, but no, it’s all destined for landfill with only a small proportion that waste breaking down in this century. It needs to stop. Renoback is pioneering a new way to recycle reclaimed building materials and keep them out of

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Sustainable Solutions for Your Old Stuff

We are all trying to do our best to make this world a better place, from being aware of environmental issues to implementing changes in our life to ensure sustainability of our little blue planet.  These days we are more than ever aware of environmental challenges we face, and it is time to stop avoiding to deal with them. Every action we take has consequences, which is why we need to start making smarter decisions. Reducing, reusing and

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5 Upcycling Ideas to Reuse Household Items

Many of us might have the recycle part down in the ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’ mantra, but a great way to cover all three Rs is to upcycle old household items. Upcycling isn’t necessarily a new concept, but it has been gaining traction over the years because of its endless flexibility. All you need to do is flex your creative muscle a bit and you can find a use for almost every item in your household. So before you decide to toss that

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Harvest Power: Energy and compost from rotten food

Episode 67 - Original Story: http://www.greenenergyfutures.ca/episode/67-harvest-power-energy-and-compost-rotten-food By David Dodge and Duncan Kinney Picture one meal in your day and imagine it getting tossed into the trash before you even got a chance to bite into it. Every single day we either lose or waste one third of our food, that’s 1.3 billion tonnes a year. Not only could we have fed people with that food but it’s an

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The Art of Greywater Recycling

Greywater is the name for any household wastewater with the exception of wastewater from toilets, which is known as blackwater. Typically, 50-80% of household wastewater is greywater from kitchen sinks, dishwashers, bathroom sinks, tubs and showers. Of course, if you use a composting toilet, 100% of your household wastewater is greywater. Demand on conventional water supplies and pressure on sewage treatment systems is reduced by the use of

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E-waste Recycling the Canadian Experience

According to green activists our environment will be 3x more congested with e-waste by 2017. Even if it is not to be tripled, e-waste is growing in volumes - HUGE volumes. The reason why e-waste is increasing is that technology is growing fast and in an attempt to get better devices, we casually get rid of old electronics not long after purchasing them – the best examples being that of smartphones. It’s also a legacy from the fact that

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Recycling – Where Does the Plastic REALLY go?

Reduce, reuse, recycle is something that we all try and live our lives by. The commitment we have to keep the earth we live on renewed, green and organic means that we have to always keep the principles of ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ at the forefront of our minds. Like the other aspects of our lives, sometimes the best course of action is not clear – which is better? Reduce? Reuse? Recycle? Aren’t they all as good as each other? Sadly, no,

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