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elebrate Waste Reduction Week (October 15 to 21). Challenge your family to put out only a half bag of garbage for that week and every week. It is easy to do; just use the green bin and blue box to their fullest. Sort all the resources out of your garbage, don’t waste All single family them. homes in the Many residents

40% of garbage going to landfill can go into the green bin.

Region of Waterloo have access to the green bin program.

What can go in the green bin? • ALL FOOD including meat, fish, bones, dairy

95% of the compost is used for agriculture. No artificial fertilizers added! Healthy soil grows healthy food.

are already part of the green movement on their streets.

Using the green bin saves valuable landfill space – we only have one landfill!

• PAPER PRODUCTS such as paper plates, cups, and towels; shredded paper • PET WASTE - wrap in newspaper or layer in between other organics. Tip: a Grade 4 student suggested reusing paper coffee cups to scoop, then fold closed, and bin

As a direct result of the Green Bin, we reduced over 1,300 tonnes of GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions in our Region from 2010 to 2011.

Green bin materials are used to create a new resource – compost!

Turning your green bin from gruesome to gorgeous The “Yuck” Factor

People used to say the same about the blue box! • Find a system in your home that works well for you. Start by placing containers where convenient and getting everyone involved • Use paper liner or layer/wrap your organics with paper waste (eg., tissues, shredded paper, newspaper) • Empty and rinse containers regularly Remember that food scraps can be messy no matter where you put them. They are a valuable resource so place them in your green bin.


They aren’t harmful and are naturally attracted to organics. • Keep lid closed, empty often, and rinse regularly • Cover the food - layer or wrap food scraps with paper waste • Spray a solution of white vinegar and water into the containers • Raccoons? We have a “raccoon” lock, call us to order Tip: One school is successful at keeping raccoons away by leaving a stuffed animal sitting on top of the bin Check our website for more information,


These ways work to overcome smell: • Drain off liquids before putting into the kitchen container • Empty kitchen container into the green bin regularly • Sprinkle baking soda (a natural deodorizer) into the container • Layer/cover food scraps with paper waste • Store in a cool, shaded area • Set your green bin out for collection every week

Kitchener is the home of the Blue Box. Invented right here in the early 1980’s, it is now a worldwide symbol for recycling. In 1985, Nyle Ludolph said that when it comes to the blue box, “Recycling is something each one of Local hero: Nyle Ludolph us can do to help the Father of the Blue Box environment.” 1927-2011 We are world leaders in finding creative ways to recycle waste. Nyle encouraged us all to continue the good work by recycling organics:

“Let’s do it again with the green bin.” We are here to help you sort it out:

NO plastics, including

biodegradable plastic bags, please

Call us: 519-883-5100 TTY: 519-575-4608 Email:

Tweet us: @WasteWR FB: Region of Waterloo Waste Management

How to get to a half bag of garbage per week Step 1: Re-think your purchases. Step 2: Fully use what you have. Step 3: Sort out any unwanted items and “waste” for the least impact to the environment.

We have many solutions to help you: Use the Green Bin 40 to 60 per cent of the average household waste is organic. Using the green bin helps you recycle the majority of your waste! Use the Blue Box Roughly 30 to 40 per cent of the average household waste is acceptable in this program.

Q: Do I have to use paper liner bags? A: No. Paper liner bags are not required. However, they absorb liquids, keep your bin clean, and can keep your organics loose enough to make it easy for the driver to empty the bin. While you can buy excellent paper liner bags, there are alternatives: • Use paper sugar bags or take-out food bags • When shopping, ask that your purchases be bagged in paper

Just these two programs and you have reduced your garbage by at least 50 per cent!

But wait! There are also drop-off recycling programs available to help you recycle more: Bicycles (Waterloo only, spring to fall)

Concrete/rubble Cooking oil Drywall Electronics Goodwill Industries for gently used household items (Waterloo location only)

Habitat for Humanity for reusable home building items

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Depot accepts items that require special disposal such as: paints, batteries, compact fluorescent lights, chemicals, etc. (Waterloo location only)

HHW Community Days: mobile units are set up to collect residential HHW Oct. 20 — St. Jacobs Arena Nov. 3 — Kitchener Memorial Auditorium

(Waterloo only, spring to fall)

Paint reuse program: Free reusable paint products are available from the Paint Reuse area. (runs spring to fall) (Waterloo location only)

Pallets + wood Scrap metal Shingles

• Watch my video on our website and I’ll show you how to make your own kitchen container liner out of newspaper www. Happy Green Binning! Shannon is a Customer Service specialist in our Waste Management Office.

Remember your green bin this holiday season! Don’t be scared... Place Jack inside or beside your green bin for collection.

Family meals mean leftovers for the green bin. • Fruit, veggies, meats, dairy • Candy, snack foods, cake, cookies • Cranberry and other sauces

Styrofoam chunks (large blocks, no peanuts)

• Greenery from wreaths, poinsettias, houseplants


• Nuts/shells


BIN at your parties:

Tree stumps/brush

paper plates, cups, napkins all can go into the green bin!

Please call or check our website for details on locations and times. 519-883-5100 • TTY 519-575-4608 •

We need your input! How is green bin material recycled? Green bin material is collected in a separate compartment on the garbage truck. It is brought to the Region’s organics bunkers. The organics are then bulked and trucked to a new high tech processing facility in Guelph. Collaborating with another nearby municipality improves cost efficiencies as building a composting facility costs millions of dollars. The processor uses a careful balance of heat, moisture and oxygen in enclosed composting tunnels. The organic waste is processed into compost in about four months. Our no-plastic rule makes the finished compost a very high quality product. Ninety-five per cent of the compost is used for agriculture and goes back to the earth. Dan, a local farmer, uses “green bin” compost on his farm in Shingletown. He reports that, “There is a lot of nutrition in food which is good for the soil. When compost is worked in, it improves the soil for next year’s crop.”

Residents of Waterloo Region are some of the best in the province when it comes to saving space in our one-and-only landfill, but we can all do more. Audits have shown that we could recycle or compost a further 54 per cent of what is still in our garbage bags. The Region is working on a new Waste Management Master Plan, to recommend new ways to keep garbage out of our landfill. We’re also looking at what to do with our leftover garbage once the landfill is full. Come to one of our Public Information events to learn more about the study and give us your feedback: Wednesday, October 24 Kitchener Memorial Auditorium 400 East Avenue, Kitchener 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Feed the green bin, feed the soil, feed our families

Details about other information events and a link to our online survey are available on our website

This Waste Reduction Week, take the challenge

Make the time to make a difference!

Kitchener’s leaf collection program City of Kitchener leaf collection drop sites open October 5. No matter where you live in the city, please, where possible: • Mulch or compost leaves on your property, or • Take leaves to one of the drop-off sites listed, or • Bag your leaves for collection under the Region of Waterloo’s yard waste program or deliver them directly to the regional landfill site.

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Drop-off sites 1. Schaeffer Park (Bloomingdale Road) 2. Breithaupt Park (Kinsmen Park - off Union Street) 3. Kitchener Auditorium (Ottawa Street North entrance) 4. Meinzinger Park Soccer Fields (Homer Watson Boulevard) 5. Lions Arena (Rittenhouse Road) 6. Southwest Optimist Sports Field (Pioneer Drive) 7. Cherry Park (Strange Street at Waverly Road) 8. Victoria Street South at Eastforest Trail (Eastforest Trail parking lot) 9. Hofstetter Park (40 Hofstetter Avenue) These drop-off locations are for LEAVES ONLY. All other materials left at the drop-off locations will be subject to a fine. NO plastic bags will be accepted. Only paper yardwaste bags will be accepted. Plastic bags will be considered garbage and will fall under illegal dumping. The drop-off sites will be monitored by city staff and a zero tolerance approach will be taken with any offenders found. Want more information about leaf collection in Kitchener? Use the online tool to find the leaf collection options for your specific address at, or by calling 519-741-2345.

Stormwater Credits... apply now and save! If you own residential property and you have: rain barrels, cisterns, infiltration galleries, rain gardens, or permeable pavers you could be eligible to receive up to 45% of the stormwater portion of your utility bill! Visit to apply now! Simply complete the online application telling us how much stormwater you divert from the municipal system using the tools above. Apply before March 1, 2013 and eligible credits could be retroactive to Jan 1. 2011 or the date installed. After March 1, eligible credits will be applied to the date the application was received by the city. To receive a paper copy of the application visit Kitchener City Hall, 9th floor or call 519-741-3400 x3255. Stormwater credits are also available for non-residential property owners – visit to learn more.

Rain garden

Above ground cistern


3rd annual SaveONenergy symposium helps businesses save money by reducing energy Helen Hall Business owners are always looking for ways to save money, and therefore, make money. The 3rd annual SaveONenergy symposium held in Kitchener on September 27 at Bingeman’s Marshall Hall highlighted ways that businesses can save money by reducing the amount of energy they use. The symposium was hosted by Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro, Waterloo North Hydro, and Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro. This year about 350 people attended, said John Finch, Supervisor of Energy Conservation with KitchenerWilmot Hydro. It is a free event for customers of the three hosting utilities. “The show offers a spectrum of energy-saving opportunities,” Finch said. In addition to the booths, guest speakers shared their knowledge about LED lighting, Efficiency with Drives, Compressed Air Systems, Energy Audits, and Saving with Fans. Sybil Taylor, Communications Director of Steam Whistle Brewery was the Keynote Speaker. She has an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration by

from Wilfrid Laurier University and has worked in beer marketing since 1987. She spoke about her role in being a steward of Steam Whistle’s environmental initiatives, for which the company has received much public recognition and numerous awards. Visitors could also tour 60 booths that featured energy efficient products from lighting to air compressors. Keelan White, who works in product development at Deluce Lighting of Caledon has had a booth at the show for all three years. “This is one of the best shows in the area,” he said of the Waterloo Region symposium. He said Deluce Lighting is a full-scale lighting manufacturer that specializes in energy-efficient lighting, in particular LED wall packs. White said he enjoys talking with the business owners who drop by their booth. “We hope we can help local businesses save some money - which is the name of the game,” he said. Finch said the 2012 symposium was their busiest one so far. “There is no other show like it,” he said.

Deluce Lighting has had a booth at the SaveONenergy symposium in Waterloo Region for the past three years. Working at the booth this year was Ontario Business Development Manager Serge Fontaine, left, and Product Developer Keelan White.

Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Conservation Team organized the SaveONenergy symposium. Photos by Helen Hall

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