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County celebrates Waste Reduction Week

October 19, 2020

Picton – The County of Prince Edward encourages residents to adopt more environmentally conscious choices as part of Waste Reduction Week October 19-25.

“The generation of solid waste and the needless waste of water and energy are huge problems that demand collective action. By taking meaningful action in our daily lives, we can make our community environmentally sustainable,” Mayor Steve Ferguson says.

Canadians produce more than 31 million tonnes of waste annually, or 2.7 kg per person per day. However, Canadians divert less than 25 per cent of the waste they generate. That waste goes to landfill sites, which can harm the natural environment. Furthermore, landfill sites account for 38 per cent of Canada’s total methane emissions.

Waste Reduction Week promotes innovative solutions for sending less garbage to landfills. Each day has a different theme. The week kicks off with an introduction and celebration of the circular economy. The weekdays focus on key waste management issues and material streams: textiles, e-waste, plastics, and food waste. The weekend will encourage people to extend the life of these products/materials through the sharing economy, swapping, and repairing.

Follow the County on Facebook and Twitter for tips and ideas each day and visit the Waste Reduction Week website to learn more about the theme days.

The Quinte Trash Bash has returned this year as part of Waste Reduction Week. The event will take place on Saturday, October 24. To ensure COVID-19 safety protocols are followed, residents are encouraged to participate solo or organize small clean-up crews consisting of people in their household. Learn more about the Quinte Trash Bash.

Pick up supplies and drop off collected litter from 9 am to 1 pm on October 24 at the following locations: Roblin Lake Park (38 Coleman Street, Ameliasburgh), Sandy Hook Road Public Works/Sand Dome (75 County Road 1), and Milford Town Hall (3076 County Road 10).

Supply kits are available for advance pickup at 115 Lake Street in Picton Monday-Friday between 8 am and 3 pm.

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