• 2021-10-05

Leave the leaves

Waste Reduction Week takes place from October 18-24

It’s officially fall, which means homeowners everywhere are cleaning up their yards to get them ready for winter.

Before you bag up your leaves, however, think about “leaving” some right where they “fall.” According to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, many backyard creatures, including pollinators, use leaves for protection and hibernation during the winter months. As they break down, leaves can also enrich your soil, leading to healthier lawns and gardens in spring and summer.

Also, with all their colours, they’re pretty.

Finally, by “leaving your leaves,” you are helping to reduce your household waste, and the timing of that couldn’t be more perfect since October 18-24 is Waste Reduction Week in Canada.

According to their website, www.wrwcanada.com, Waste Reduction Week in Canada is a year-round program focused on the principles of circular economy, resource efficiency and waste reduction. The program’s primary purpose is to celebrate environmental efforts and achievements while encouraging new innovative ideas and solutions.                            

Waste Reduction and Recycling Weeks in Canada started in the mid-1980s when a number of provincial recycling councils and environmental organizations began holding events. The initiative became official in 2001. This year marks Waste Reduction Week in Canada’s 20th anniversary. The website contains a range of resources and ideas to help you with waste reduction ideas. Be sure to check it out.

We are increasingly more aware of how critically important it is to reduce our carbon footprint around the world. Pledge to make Waste Reduction Week a time to start or increase your efforts – whatever the case may be.

Happy Fall, and Happy Recycling!

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