Waste Audit

We took a look at what is being tossed in the garbage.  Did you know, even after recycling and composting there is still 41% compostable and recyclable material still being tossed in the garbage.  

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When you purchase one cup of coffee
in a disposable container every day, you create about
23 lb of waste each year. Ideal Bite


Go green, and choose to re-use. Ask them to fill your 
travel mug with your favourite hot beverage.



Canada produces more waste per person than any other country on earth.
Toronto Environmental Handbook 1999

In 2000, Canadians generated over 31 million tonnes of waste. Of this, 23 million tonnes were sent for disposal. Imagine 21 football fields piled one kilometre high with garbage!
Government of Canada, One Tonne Challenge

It would take 300 years for a littered aluminum can to break down by natural processes.
Multi-Materials Stewardship Board

Each Canadian throws away approximately ½ kilogram of packaging daily. In fact, half of our cities’ solid waste by volume and one-third of our waste by weight is made up of packaging.
District of Kootenay Boundary, British Columbia

From June 03 to 18, 1995, volunteers covering a 307 km coastline in the Maritimes collected more than 100,000 items of trash. Of the total garbage collected, 61.9% consisted of polystyrene and plastic.
Environment Canada, October 1995

One litre of oil can contaminate a million litres of ground water.
Recycling Council of Ontario, May 1998

If everyone in Canada wrapped just three presents in reused paper or cloth gift bags, we would save enough paper to cover 45,000 hockey rinks.
Ideal Bite


Recycle Paper

If each household in Canada replaced 1 roll of virgin toilet paper with just 1 roll of recycled toilet paper, we could save:

  • 47,962 trees
  • 3,204 cubic metres of landfill space, equal to 181 full garbage trucks
  • 65.5 million litres of water, a year’s supply for 135 families of four
  • Avoid 4, 567 kilograms of air and water pollution from manufacturing


Making one tonne of recycled paper uses only about 60% of the energy it takes to make new paper.
Toronto Star, April 12, 1998

In 1999, 42% of all paper consumed by Canadians was recycled into newspaper products.
Canadian Pulp and Paper Association

The average recycled content of newsprint has risen from 1.4% in 1990 to 22% in 1997, reducing the Canada Pulp and Paper Industry’s electricity consumption by over 2.5 million megawatt hours per year.
Canada Pulp and Paper Association

  • Recycling a three-foot high stack of newspaper saves one tree.
  • 74% less air pollution is generated during recycled paper manufacturing compared to virgin fibre manufacturing.
  • 35% less water pollution is generated.
  • 58% less water is required.
  • 64% less energy is required.
  • Approximately 80% of office waste is paper and, of that, 70% is not recycled.
  • Regional District of Central Kootenay, British Columbia

Worldwide, over 95 million metric tonnes of paper are recovered each year to be made into recycled paper and paperboard. Recovered fibre makes up over one-third of the total fibre used to make the world’s paper.
TAPPI – The Leading Technical Association for the Worldwide Pulp, Paper and Converting Industry, 2001

Recycle Metal

Steel is the most recycled material in Canada. In fact, in 1998, the Canadian steel industry recycled over 8 million tonnes of steel.
Statistics Canada

75% of a car’s content by weight can be reused or recycled.
Toronto Environmental Handbook 1999

A steel mill using recycled scrap metal reduces water pollution, air pollution and mining wastes by 70%.
Multi-Media Stewardship Board

Every tonne of steel cans recycled saves 1.36 tonnes of iron ore and 3.6 barrels of oil.
REAL News, Spring Issue 1999

Recycled Plastic

It takes 53 two-litre pop bottles to make enough fibrefill for one sleeping bag. It takes 9 two-litre pop bottles to make enough fibrefill for a ski jacket, or an XL t-shirt.
Canadian Plastics Industry Association

Plastic products contribute 7% by weight and 30% by volume to municipal solid waste.
Environment Canada. “Environmental Choice Fact Sheet: Products Made from Recycled Plastic.” 1995.

Ford of Canada uses recycled pop bottles to make its door padding and trunk trim.
Reader’s Digest, December 2005


10% of the total volume of Vancouver’s municipal waste is grass.

25% more nutrients are added to your lawn by grasscycling (leaving grass clippings on the lawn).

It takes an average of seven hours per season to bag up lawn clippings and drag them to the curb.
Greater Vancouver Regional District, 2004


Each Canadian produces five tonnes of greenhouse gas every year. By recycling our organic kitchen waste, we can save up to 12.5% of one tonne.
Government of Canada, One Tonne Challenge

In 2000, there were more than 350 composting facilities in Canada, which processed almost one million tonnes of organic matter. Government of Canada, One Tonne Challenge

Twenty-two minutes a week or just over 3 minutes a day are spent in composting activities on average. One application of compost could have a positive effect on plant growth for up to eight years.
Greater Vancouver Regional District

Canadians produce approximately 7 million tonnes of organic waste each year.
The Composting Council of Canada