October is Circular Economy Month. The circular economy model works to reuse, repair, refurbish, reuse or recycle products and materials. In other words, nothing goes to waste in a circular economy. When a product nears the end of its life, its materials can be donated in their original form or reused for other purposes. It helps our environment by reducing the amount of materials going to landfill and the amount of raw materials needed to re-manufacture the material, which in turn counteracts climate change, prevents waste and reduces pollution.
While there are dumps for stuff with no other way to reuse it, there’s still a significant amount of items that turn up in dumps that just don’t belong there. In fact, as of last year, about 48 percent of the material that ends up as landfill in the Peel region can be saved in some way. Whether it’s a pair of jeans that could be donated, a bike that could be fixed, or an aluminum pop can that could be recycled. That’s why sorting your waste the first time is a fundamental, essential step in supporting a circular economy.
About 50 percent of all MSW is already diverted from landfill through Peel’s recycling, greenbin and yard waste programs, and other diversion initiatives. This is great progress, and the City of Mississauga is taking steps to divert even more waste.
One way to reduce methane emissions is to divert organic waste — like food, yard waste, and paper — from landfills and process it in composting facilities. This summer, at the 2022 Ontario Summer Games and Ontario Parasport Games alone, the city diverted 700 kilograms of organic waste by installing waste sorting stations in all participating cafeterias. Volunteers successfully sorted rubbish, recycling and organic material, with the latter being sent to the Peel Region composting facility to be turned into food-grade compost. This compost can now be used to grow fruit and vegetables, closing the loop of a circular economy process.
The city is committed to driving waste prevention initiatives and establishing circular economy principles and practices to help meet climate change goals. In 2021, the city participated in the Circular Cities and Region Initiative, a peer-to-peer network with participating communities in Canada to share best practices for implementing circular economy strategies and policies. This will help build on circular economy initiatives such as the Hazel McCallion Central Library renovation project, which has successfully diverted more than 120,000 kilograms of materials from landfills. City employees were able to reuse, recycle, and donate a number of items to reduce environmental impact. Another waste diversion project at the Living Arts Center has successfully donated more than 4,000 kilograms of items such as chairs, tables and benches.
Celebrate Circular Economy Month and Waste Reduction Week
In addition to Circular Economy Month, the city also celebrates Waste Reduction Week. The city is working with Partners in Project Green to host a clothing and textiles recycling drive.
From October 10-23, Mississauga residents can drop off unwanted clothing and textiles in bins located at various city facilities. You can donate things like hats, bags, belts, ties, shoes, linens, pillows, linens, curtains, and sleeping bags.
All clothing items are donated to Diabetes Canada.
Drop off points include:
Are you looking for ways to reduce waste at home?
- recycle items: Acceptable recyclable items include paper items, plastic and glass bottles, milk and juice bottles and cartons, juice boxes, and glass and metal containers and packaging.
- Fix what’s broken: You can extend the life of items like clothing, appliances, and electronics by repairing them instead of buying them new.
- Shop wisely: When shopping for groceries, plan your meals so you know exactly what ingredients to buy. You can also buy products with less packaging or packaging that can be recycled. When shopping, you can also consider not taking items like bags, receipts, condiments, or cutlery with you unless you are going to use them.
- Compost your organic waste: Fruit and vegetable waste, eggshells, coffee grounds and napkins can all be composted in your green bin instead of ending up in your dustbin.
- Reuse items whenever possible: Use reusable bags for shopping and reusable bottles and cups instead of single-use bottles. Consider shopping at thrift stores or flea markets.
- Finding ways to reuse items: Look for ways to reuse items in different ways, such as B. old jars for food storage, vases or storage place for snacks.
- Borrow or rent media: Consider borrowing items that are used less frequently, such as tools, party supplies, camping gear, board games, sports equipment, movies, books, or clothing. Our libraries offer a variety of different media to borrow, not just books. Some items, like movies, are available to take home to borrow and others, like sewing machines, can be used on-site through the Maker Space program.
Learn more about how Mississauga is leading efforts on climate change and other environmental sustainability initiatives through the Climate Change Action Plan and Living Green Master Plan.