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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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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Freeze my Grass off! Can I Compost During Winter?

Almost 25% of our landfill is biodegradable yard or food waste. Does that fact alarm you? It should. Don’t be fooled into thinking that because it’s natural waste and that it will decompose anywhere. When food and yard waste are diverted into landfill it is affected by the levels of toxins in the garbage around it and rots away, producing large amounts of methane. Food waste in our landfills is the most significant producer of human based

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The MCPOOP Revolution

The toilet is one of the most common structures in any house, work or store but also the least environmentally friendly object in your, house work or store. It uses gallons of fresh, drinking water to wash away another precious resource – solid nitrogen, more commonly known as poop. Research has linked use of the humble toilet to increased chance of colon cancer, hemorrhoids and bacterial colon infestations. So what is it about the toilet that

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Composting Myths and Truths

There are a lot of myths surrounding compost and how to make it work for you. Some people don’t compost as they don’t know how to, but would use it if they had it. Most people suspect it’s too hard or requires too much space and time, and prefer to send their organic waste to landfill. These organic compounds will biodegrade quickly but can be used to nurture more organic plants, rather than sit in landfill. Here are some of the most

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