The Valuable IndividualWritten by Lillian & Dave Brummet
The Valuable Individual (413 words)
How can we, as individuals, participate in waste management? Because some of us are so overwhelmed with Earth’s problems, we feel that our contributions have no real consequence in end. For others, social barriers can be an issue. A lady we once knew confessed that she did not want to be seen buying used items or being concerned with power use. She was worried people would see her as cheap – a scrooge – when family was so affluent. Yet, she was very careful to be seen with recycling bins out on curb on pick-up day, because that was thought to be thing to do socially. Now is a good time to put an end to these negative thoughts and feelings of false pride. Waste reduction is not about ego - it is about health of planet and of our nation.
Communities would be wise to look at Nova Scotia’s waste reduction success and try to emulate it in their area. With highest waste reduction rates in Canada, Nova Scotia has reduced landfill contributions by 46% - saving about $31 million per year - simply by making most of organic and recyclable materials. Curbside recycling service (Blue Box) is available to 99% of its residents and 76% now enjoy curbside organic service (a.k.a. Green Box).
Join in and Celebrate the 39th annual Pitch In Canada WeekWritten by Lillian Brummet
Pitch In Canada is celebrating their 39th annual event between Monday, April 18th and Sunday, April 24th this year. This non-profit organization has been working hard since 1967 to bring awareness to consumers through their "It’s up to you" campaigns – continually educating on waste reduction and environment clean-up projects.
Pitch In Canada is based entirely on more than 1.5 million volunteers across Canada comprising of individuals, groups, organizations, schools, businesses and local governments that work together to improve communities and environment. People spend time cleaning and preserving environment, improving delicate areas like stream beds and lakes, creating more green areas, cleaning waste from hiking trails, tourist spots and promoting events within community.