Solving the just gotta have cereal, zero waste woes
By Laurella Woodcock, Zero Waste Team
If your house is anything like mine, we love our cereal. Fruity, fibre, chocolate, or granola it doesn’t really matter the kind we love it, except for the bags.
Here in Waterloo Region we are very lucky to have such a wide range of materials accepted in the blue box. Sadly cereal bags fall into the category of not being accepted.
Most of the time we don’t even think about what goes in our trash cans, but during the Zero Waste Challenge everything is up for evaluation including those cereal bags. Don’t worry we have you covered with some ideas and a last ditch effort to address those bag woes.
Buy cereal in bulk
First, consider buying your cereal in bulk. Some bulk food stores or sections at the groceries have cereal in the bins. This is great because you can avoid the bag all together.
Buy large boxes of cereal
Second, if buying in bulk isn’t available to you the next suggestion is to buy the largest size you can. This way the amount of plastic and bags is less.
Upcycle your cereal bags for charity
Third and the last ditch effort I referred to earlier is a little known secret, rare Charitable Research Reserve in Cambridge has teamed up with TerraCycle in a cereal bag fundraiser. Yes, this means rare wants your cereal bags so they can be up-cycled into new products and in return our fellow local environmental charity receives some funds that support their community garden.
It’s a win win if you find you have cereal bags and don’t know what to do. Reep Green Solutions is trying to make it even easier for you, check out these drop off locations around town:
- Reep House for Sustainable Living (green rare bag on front porch)
- Seven Shores (green rare bag near compost drop off)
- Bailey’s Local Foods (Other bin in hallway)
Now it is time to spread the word about how to solve those cereal bag woes.