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Blog/ Fast Facts on Recycling in Canada March 11, 2019

Fast Facts on Recycling in Canada

Yellow recycling bins and blue recycling bin

As the weather gets (hopefully) warmer, more people head outside for family activities, picnics, and BBQ fun. A lot of us use plastic for get-togethers – it’s convenient, cheap, and easy. But as you get reacclimated with the outdoors this spring, here’s a few fast facts on the state of recycling in Canada, and how you can make a difference to the planet.

5 Fast Facts on Recycling

  1. Almost 10,000 tonnes of plastic goes into the Great Lakes annually. Ontario is currently considering a ban on single-use plastics, including straws, bags, and water bottles to help curb this problem. The conversation is ongoing, with many factors to consider, including health and safety, as well as the necessity of things like straws for people with certain disabilities.
  2. If you aren’t up-to-date on your region’s recycling protocols, you could be contributing to the millions Canadians waste each year in contaminated recycling. Contamination rates are highest in Toronto and Edmonton, but are substantial throughout much of the country. Check your local recycling rules to ensure the contents of your recycling bin aren’t getting dumped in the trash.
  3. As of 2017, the amount of waste produced by each Canadian was 7% higher than per capita output of waste in the United States. That’s a lot of consumerism.
  4. There are over 2,400 active landfills in Canada, most of which “leak chemicals and heavy metals into the ground and water table”. They all are host to microbes that eat the contents, and produce an abundance of methane gas – a greenhouse offender.
  5. Recycling isn’t enough. It’s a great thing to do, and everyone should be recycling. But until we reduce the amount of junk we consume, reduce the amount of plastic we produce, and the amount of waste we have, we are fighting an uphill battle. Avoiding excess food packaging, not buying plastic, switching to a durable water bottle – these are all things we can do to help make the planet a better place.

DKI Canada is the most green restoration company in the country. We continually find new ways to improve both our processes, technology, training, and how our jobs affect the planet. 

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