We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.-- Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
The abundance of litter in our neighbourhoods and waste in our landfills are two prime indications of the disconnect people feel between themselves and the planet we depend upon. Resources are depleted at an alarming rate for short-lived, disposable products and cities and roadways are treated like trash cans.?? We are literally burying ourselves in garbage.
On a brighter note, there are more waste reduction and diversion programs being developed every year and in Ontario more responsibility is being placed on producers and importers for the products and packaging they sell. The IC&I sector in Ontario will also be under more pressure to reduce their waste-lines with the enforcement of the Ministry of the Environment's (MOE) 3 R's regulations.
EcoSuperior works with the City of Thunder Bay, the Zero Waste Action Team and other community partners to deliver waste reduction programs throughout the City, with special emphasis placed on Waste Reduction Week in October of each year. We are also involved with Earthwise Thunder Bayand the implementation of the City of Thunder Bay's community environmental action plan (CEAP).
To address litter, EcoSuperior delivers the City of Thunder Bay's annual Spring Up to Clean Up community litter clean-up event. In 2009-2011, EcoSuperior received funding from the City's Clean, Green and Beautiful Committee to work with Litter Free Thunder Bay on litter prevention.
Waste reduction and litter prevention are both areas where individual actions can add up to make a big difference. By adopting the six R's: RETHINK, REFUSE, REDUCE, REUSE, REPAIR & RECYCLE, and putting litter in its place, we can all work together for a region we are proud to call home.
Page last updated on Friday, March 16, 2012