Have you visited the recycling centre and local landfll? Now is your chance!

Come and tour the waste management site and then meet up with the rest of us who are taking more action! The tour of the recycling centre will inspire all of us and make us want to do more than we already do. This meet-up is designed so we can all discuss how as a community and individuals we can improve upon the current challenges we face.

Celebrate Waste Reduction Week with a free, one-hour guided bus tour of the Waterloo Waste Management site. We suggest reserving a spot on one of the last tours at 11:30, 12:30 or 1 PM and then meeting up with us afterwards!

Region of Waterloo Waste Management Site Tour

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018

Time: Tours run from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

To reserve your seat for the tour you must contact the Region: Call 519-575-4400 or TTY: 519-575-4608, or email [email protected]. Tours start from the Waste Management Operations Centre, 1516 Glasgow Street, Kitchener. Donations to support local Food Banks are welcome.

Zero Waste Meet Up

Time: 2:30 – 4:30PM

Coffee Culture Cafe & Eatery

215 The Boardwalk #1, Kitchener, ON N2N 0B1

We are so excited to offer this workshop as part of the Zero Waste Challenge in the month of October.

SUSTAINABLE LIVING Series

This event is inspired by our Zero Waste Challenge. Anyone interested can attend even if you’re not involved with the challenge.

Menstrual health and living sustainably

Feminine hygiene products create a lot of waste. Join us for discussions on all the ways to make your period more environmentally sustainable.

The event will include presentations by representatives from Diva International Inc. and Healthoholics. There will be tons of information, demos, and a chance to win a Diva Cup prize pack.

For a preview of the type of information to be shared, see our related blog post.

October 25

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Open to ANYONE who menstruates or simply wants to learn more about making periods zero waste

Our guest speakers:

Diva International Inc.

diva cup logoEstablished in 2003, Diva International Inc. developed The DivaCup to offer menstruators a more reliable and eco-friendly approach to menstrual care. The DivaCup provides the most convenient, clean and comfortable way to address period care while eliminating the need to buy and carry menstrual products in endless absorbencies, styles and shapes. In addition to product innovation, Diva also invests their knowledge, time and resources in educational, community and International organizations that offer health care, empowerment and menstrual health education to women and children around the world.

Healthoholics

Healthoholics is a local, family-owned and operated health food store and wellness clinic, located on Ottawa St. between Weber and King in Kitchener. In their store, they offer a wide range of natural health supplements, organic bulk food and herbs, eco and health-conscious personal care and cleaning products… just to name a few! In their wellness clinic Healthoholics offers many natural health care services including chiropractic care, naturopathic medicine, nutritional consultation, food sensitivity evaluations, mental health counselling, registered massage therapy, and more!

AGENDA

  • Presentation/Discussion: 7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
  • OPEN HOUSE: 7:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Stay to explore the Reep House for Sustainable Living. Or feel free to come after the presentation to check out the house’s environmental features.

Transportation:

We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. The house is just off the Iron Horse Trail and we have a bike rack.

It is also easily accessible by GRT bus routes that use Queen and have stops near Mill St.

If you drive, please consider carpooling with others you know are attending.

Since the house only has a few parking spots, we have arranged for parking spaces in the Joseph Schneider Haus lot around the corner on Queen St.

 

 

 

Photo by Blubel on Unsplash

COACH Series

This is a new series of events featuring our resident experts in home energy efficiency, RAIN Smart Homes and waste reduction.

New date and time!

Go beyond diverting waste from the landfill

We tend to generate lots of waste just by living our day to day lives. At the same time, new rules and pickup schedules have made it more important to think about the waste we put out to be collected. In the long run, managing our waste though is not enough, living sustainably means reducing our waste.

Come learn from our resident expert how to reduce your waste in 9 easy steps!

With this advice, you’ll be ready to accept the 7 Day Zero Waste Challenge. Or at least know you’re doing your part to reduce the waste your home generates.

Andrea Bale, Waste Reduction AdvisorPresented by: Andrea Bale, Waste Reduction Advisor

Andrea Bale is the Customer Engagement and Outreach Coordinator for the Energy and RAIN programs at Reep Green Solutions. More recently, she became the Waste Reduction Advisor for Reep’s new waste reduction initiatives. She has a Masters of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and a BSc in Life Science from McMaster University.

  • Presentation: 7:30 p.m.
  • Questions & Answers: 8 p.m.
  • OPEN HOUSE: 8:15 – 9 P.M.

Stay to explore the Reep House for Sustainable Living. Or feel free to come after the presentation to check out the house’s environmental features.

Transportation:

We encourage the use of active transportation such as walking or biking. The house is just off the Iron Horse Trail and we have a bike rack.

It is also easily accessible by GRT bus routes that use Queen and have stops near Mill St.

If you drive, please consider carpooling with others you know are attending.

Since the house only has a few parking spots, we have arranged for parking spaces in the Joseph Schneider Haus lot around the corner on Queen St.

 

Here’s one of the stories that we share in our 2017 Report to the Community about how we help you live sustainably.

For five days, use one Mason jar to hold all of your home’s garbage destined to be buried in a landfill. In October 2016, 123 people across Waterloo Region accepted the Zero Waste Challenge.

For most of us, our day-to-day lives generate a lot of garbage as we live in a society where that is the norm. We generate so much waste that we need to manage it and have programs to divert it. All of that work is important and necessary, but is it really enough?

The zero waste movement says no and Reep Green Solutions agrees. It is time to go beyond managing waste and instead live sustainably by reducing waste and taking better care of our natural resources.

If participants in the Zero Waste Challenge wanted their jar to be as empty as possible, they needed to think about decisions they usually make automatically. They needed to think about what to buy when grocery shopping or where to shop. They also needed to think about how they could send less waste to the landfill by improving their recycling or composting.

Natalie Heldsinger and Jackson Smith of Waterloo took part in the challenge as a way to improve upon their commitment to reducing their environmental footprint. “We found using the Mason jar made us hyper-aware and conscious of the choices we made,” said Jackson.

The challenge motivated them to think more about their choices and participating in the challenge with other community members and sharing their progress increased their sense of commitment.

“One benefit of participating as part of a community challenge,” said Natalie, “was being able to share lessons with other participants. We were able to share our experiences and learn from others, which made a difference. We found that shopping at farmers markets significantly helped to reduce packaging.”

In the 2017 challenge, more people are expected to participate! And by supporting each other, we can rethink our society’s relationship with waste.

 

Check out REEP Green Solutions Zero Waste 101 for more blog posts and videos on how you can reduce your waste and live a more sustainable lifestyle!

Here is a presentation to assist participants in the Zero Waste Challenge Waterloo Region that also helps anyone interested in reducing the waste they create. If you’re looking for more information, check out our zero waste 101 page.

Do you have any tips? Please share them in the comments below!

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 13, 2016

The first challenge to be held October 24 – 28

Kitchener – REEP Green Solutions challenges Waterloo Region residents to reduce their waste destined for the landfill to as close to zero as possible between October 24 to 28. Participants of Zero Waste Challenge Waterloo Region are asked to place all the waste they create into a one litre mason jar to track their success.  Maximizing what can be diverted from the landfill through recycling and using the green bin is encouraged. The challenge also recommends that people refuse options that unnecessarily create waste such as water bottles or plastic wrapped vegetables. Anyone interested in the challenge is asked to sign up at: reepgreen.ca/zerowaste.

“We live in a society that generates a lot of waste and we seldom think twice about it. When we do think about it, we often feel helpless to make a difference,” said Mary Jane Patterson, executive director of REEP Green Solutions. “Zero Waste Challenge Waterloo Region wants people to recognize how much waste we create, how we can divert more of it from the landfill and ultimately how we can reduce any kind of waste. We are encouraging people to think about the choices we make and commit to developing new habits.” Strategies, tips and advice on succeeding in the challenge is available at: reepgreen.ca/zerowaste101.

Waste reduction is the next natural area of focus for REEP Green Solutions, as an essential part of  living sustainably. The environment is negatively affected by the use of natural resources and the energy required to make products and packaging that is used for a very short period of time before being discarded. And too much ends up in the landfill.

“We have been helping people live sustainably since we were founded in 1999 to conduct home energy evaluations,” said Patterson. “We have since added water conservation, storm water management as a way to protect our water resources, and the REEP House for Sustainable Living as a model home, Helping people reduce their waste is another step in living our mission ‘to empower the community with the practical tools, knowledge and capacity for action to make sustainable living the norm.’”

One of the harmful impacts of waste is the emission of greenhouse gases that cause climate change. Reducing the amount of waste buried in the landfill helps to eliminate those greenhouse gas emissions. It also reduces the emissions caused by the production and transport of goods and packaging.

REEP Green Solutions is an environmental charity that helps people to live sustainably. A major focus is on preventing climate change through residential energy efficiency and adapting to it through storm water management.

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