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Through managing our water and waste, and funding renewable energy, we support healthy and clean communities. 

​Scroll through the categories below to learn more about our Environment-related Programs & Initiatives. 

 

 

 

 

Reuse

Definition

Reusing involves the use of a product more than once without altering its form, whether for the same or for a different purpose.

Why reuse?

The goal of reuse is to keep using items as long as they have a function or value. Municipalities can support reuse by linking those who have items with those who want them through events, standalone facilities, or dedicated areas of recycle depots or landfill centers.

The benefits of reuse include:

Reduce

Definition

Source reduction, also called waste prevention, means consuming and throwing away less. Source reduction can be achieved by purchasing durable, long-lasting goods, as well as seeking products and packaging that represent a reduction in materials, energy consumption or toxicity.

Waste Reduction

How do we reduce waste? 

A common approach to waste management that begins with the 3R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle. When the 3Rs have been exhausted, recovery and disposal can enter the bottom of the hierarchy as last resorts.

What are other provinces doing?

Other provinces across Canada have implemented, or are in the process of implementing, a form of EPR regulations which include British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Québec. The Atlantic provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador initiated studies on developing a regulated EPR system in 2014, but no formal decisions have been made yet. Below are brief descriptions of what provinces around Canada are doing.

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is an environmental policy approach in which the producer of a product is responsible for that product through the post-consumer stage of its life cycle. EPR shifts the responsibility and costs of recycling from local governments to producers. This incentivizes producers to reduce waste associated with their products and packaging, and to create products that are readily reusable or recyclable.

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