Be Thankful for the Environment This Thanksgiving

Did you know?

The volume of Canadian household waste increases up to 45% between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.  That’s an average of 110pounds of garbage per person!

How can you make a difference?

Shop smart for your family gathering

  • Use reusable shopping bags at the grocery store
  • Buy in bulk. Buying a big bottle of juice for example (instead of individually packaged smaller cartons) is a good way to cut down on the amount of material you will need to recycle
  • Invest in a roasting pan rather than disposable pans

 Plan Ahead

  • Use reusable plates, cutlery and napkins.  Stay away from disposal dinnerware and try your best to use cloth napkins that you can throw in the washer after your gathering is over.
  • Decorate with natural materials like tree branches and berries
  • Have a designated recycling bin for your guests to use while at your party
  • Practice portion control for your guests. By planning these portions ahead of time, you will find that you have less leftovers and also less food waste.

Freeze, re-use or giveaway leftovers

  • Give guests leftovers to take home
  • Donate to the local shelter or soup kitchen
  • Try your leftovers in a new recipe!
  • Compost your food waste

 *Thanksgiving tips from Recycle Coach

recycle-coach

 

Don’t forget! You can also drop off your compostable yard waste such as leaves, brush, and grass clippings for no charge at the City of Kenora Transfer Station, 401 Mellick Ave until October 31st.  Remember to place these materials in a compostable bag such as environmentally friendly paper bags.

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

 

All City offices, buildings and facilities will be closed on Monday October 10th for Thanksgiving holiday.
Call 467-2080 for after hours troubles.