Back in October, I wrote about how I was taking up the #SCZeroWaste challenge, and challenged you to make small changes as well. This challenge was given to us by SC Johnson, a company that is deeply committed to environmentally friendly, sustainable business practices. They resell or recycle 100 percent of their e-waste and surplus IT equipment, including hardware. You can check out their environmental initiatives their site.
SC Johnson Canada is committed to reducing waste and increasing recycling, and has not sent any waste to landfills since January 2013. They strongly believes (like I do), that small changes in your home and community can make a big difference, and is dedicated to helping Canadians make those changes!
So it’s time to see how we are all doing with our challenges:
In our house, we have switched some of the light bulbs in the basement to LEDs, as they needed to be replaced. We are not going to replace any bulbs that are still good, since that would be wasteful in itself, however any that burn out will be replaced by LED bulbs! This also helps us to space out any costs associated with switching to LED bulbs. In addition, I have made sure we are recycling our CFL bulbs properly and not just tossing them in the trash.
Another super easy thing we have successfully made the switch on is recycling toilet paper rolls, instead of tossing them in the garbage. In our house, we put them in the recycling bin, but I know in some houses it could also mean using them in craft projects. Sometimes schools collect them too, so saving them up to recycle that way is another option. Additionally, with cold and flu season in full swing, we have started putting tissues into the green bin instead of the garbage. These are easy switches that anyone can do, but reduces the amount of trash produced.
Even with these changes, we are not quite at the level of the family that lives down the road. On garbage day, they put out a green bin, three piles of recycling, and a very small bag for their weekly amount of garbage. This didn’t happen by accident. They make a conscious effort to make sure they are not bringing excess waste into their home, and make sure to recycle and compost everything that they can. This is a great example of what we can work towards.
Let me know how are you doing with your recycling and reusing efforts? What small changes have you made to move towards Zero Waste?
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