Green Living Guide | Waste | UNB

Waste

Canadians produce more waste per person than any other country in the world!

Whether it is industrial or agricultural, the waste generated is very damaging to the environment. It ends up in waterways, open spaces and fills up landfills. Increasing pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions.  

If we all take action and refuse products we do not need, reduce our consumption where possible and reuse what we can, there will be less waste to recycle or send to rot in the landfill. 

Fact

If wasted food were a country, it would be the third-largest producer of carbon dioxide in the world, after the USA and China.
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Act

When in meal hall, order only what you know you can eat and go back for more if you’re still hungry.
When at home, store fresh food properly to reduce food waste. 

Fact

About 2.8 million tonnes of plastic waste end up in Canadian landfills every year, this is equivalent to the weight of 24 CN towers. 
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Act

Invest in a reusable water bottle. 
Use reusable shopping bags.
Say no to straws.
Only buy things when necessary.
Recycle when possible.
Spread the word! Tell a friend to tell a friend to be more conscious of their plastic use.

Fact

The average Canadian uses seven trees and 308 kilograms of paper per year
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Act

Reduce the amount of paper you use by switching to electronic storage for documents, notes and receipts.
Remember to always print double-sided when needed. 

Fact

The energy saved from one recycled aluminum can will operate a television set for three hours.
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Act

Sort your trash, ensure aluminum cans are recycled by placing them in the refundable bin stream.  

Fact

The average Canadian throws away around 37 kilograms of clothing each year.
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Acts

Reduce: Avoid fast fashion trends and stick to classics that never go out of style.
Reuse: Repurpose old clothing, swap or thrift some good quality secondhand clothing items. 
Sell/Donate: Give back to your community by donating or selling your unwanted clothing.