Town does its part to reduce waste

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 – for immediate release

Town does its part to reduce waste

Waste Reduction Week – October 15-19

Waste Reduction Week is all about looking at ways that you can reduce waste at home and the office. As the town celebrates Waste Reduction Week, it takes a look at a number of initiatives that educate and encourage both staff and residents to reduce, reuse and recycle.

“The town is participating in several waste reduction programs as part of its commitment to enhancing the natural environment,” said Cindy Toth, director of Environmental Policy at the Town of Oakville. “Waste Reduction Week is a great way for people to think about ways they can reduce their waste. We encourage all our residents and their families to do their part to help our environment.”

In 2009, the Town of Oakville adopted a Towards Zero Waste Procedure. Through this procedure, town staff diverted an average of 70 per cent of waste from the Halton landfill simply by learning about proper recycling and composting methods. A few initiatives from the procedure included banning plastic water bottles at all town facilities, placing only recycling and compost containers in staff offices — no garbage containers, printing double-sided when possible, and providing recycling boxes and GreenCarts in all public areas and meeting rooms. On average, only 25 per cent of all waste generated at town hall leaves as actual garbage.

The town has also implemented a number of other environmental initiatives that have shown great success over the years:

Recycled 413 cell phones and collected 11 kilograms of batteries through the Call2Recycle program
Collected over 200 pounds of wine corks for Jelinek Cork Group to recycle
Sent 31,056 litres of motor oil for re-refining
Collected 45 gallons of used anti-freeze from boat owners at the town’s harbours hazardous waste collection site as part of the Clean Marine program
Saved 51 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in one year by having Oakville Transit refine their used motor oil
Diverted over 16,000 plastic containers from the landfill since implementing recycling bins at town sports fields
Joined the Recycling Council of Ontario’s Take Back the Light Program to ensure that all expired fluorescent tubes and bulbs are rid of their mercury content and properly recycled

“There are many ways each of us can help reduce waste,” added Toth. “Individual residents and community organizations can truly make a difference one item at a time.”

For more ideas on how to reduce, reuse and recycle items including ink cartridges, cell phones, computers, glasses, batteries and clothes, visit and search for garbage and recycling or contact the town’s Environmental Policy department at 905-845-6601 or email

About Waste Reduction Week

Waste Reduction Week in Canada was developed in 2001 by a coalition of 13 recycling councils and sister organizations from across Canada and is delivered each October by the same group. The program’s goal is to inform Canadians about the environmental and social ramifications of wasteful practices. Waste Reduction Week provides Canadians with information and ideas to reduce waste in all facets of daily living, creating solutions to the many environmental challenges we face.

Media Contact:

Prabh Banga
Environmental Policy Coordinator
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext.3948

Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville

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