The manner in which we deal with our ''waste" is a key part of the foundation of a sustainable world. Isn't sustainability another word for balance? We must learn how to use the world's resources such as wood, rocks, metals and oil in a more balanced manner.
Waste diversion is critical to mitigating climate change. In Canada we use more energy in producing products and packaging (45%) than we use for driving (10%), heating, cooling and lighting our homes (20%), combined! Significantly, more than 60% of the solid waste stream is organic material: wood, paper, foodscraps and leaf and yard material. Degrading in a landfill with little/no oxygen, this organic material produces methane and other GHGs -- now thought to be 70 times more potent than CO2 over it's shorter lifetime in the atmosphere (12-20 yrs vs. 100 yrs for CO2).
The major focuses of the Waste Diversion Campaign involve:
- increasing waste diversion (recyling and composting) rates
- increasing the implementation of greenbin collection programs
- reducing, reusing and recycling of: electronic waste, household furnishings, clothing, household hazardous waste and renovation debris
This campaign runs thoughout Ontario. If you have interest and experience in waste diversion programs and would like to volunteer and/or contribute ideas to our campaign, please contact ontariochapter [at] sierraclub.ca.