Did you know the City has a 3Rs Ambassador Volunteer program? It engages residents in apartment buildings, condominiums and co-ops to become waste educators and help promote the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle) in their buildings. 3Rs Ambassador Volunteers are trained by the City on how to properly recycle and reduce waste going to landfill. Help your building get more involved in the 3Rs and become a 3Rs Volunteer Ambassador today by signing up at Toronto.ca/3Rs.
Here are some easy ways to reduce the amount of waste your building sends to landfill right now:
1) No black bags: Do not put recyclable materials in black plastic garbage bags. Put items for recycling in loose or in a clear bag.
2) Freeze food scraps: Over 50% of your waste is organic and could be composted. Avoid smells by putting a bag in the freezer to store food scraps until you can dispose of them properly.
3) Refuse & reduce: Do you really need that pamphlet? Free keychain? Or extra ketchup package? Saying “no” to items you don’t need helps keep waste out of landfill.
4) Paper plates, towels and napkins: Can go in organic waste collection if they do not have chemicals or make up on them.
5) Donate items for reuse: Give clothing, books, toys and more a new life by donating them. For a map of non-profit organizations in Toronto that accept items for donation, visit toronto.ca/reuseit or download the TOwaste app.
Sunday, September 29, 2019 is your chance to share any unwanted, reusable household items with your community. Simply leave them on your property next to the sidewalk for your neighbours to take for free. Then, do the same! That thing your neighbour no longer wants could be exactly what you need.
Participating is easy:
- Leave your reusable items on your property next to the sidewalk or curb on Sunday, September 29. Please, no hazardous, illegal or non-reusable items.
- Leave a “free” sign beside the items you are giving away.
- Always keep sidewalks and fire hydrants clear and obey the local traffic laws at all times.
- Join in by hunting for treasure in your neighbourhood. Share your Secondhand Sunday “before and after” photos online by tagging #SecondHandSundayTO or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- At 5 p.m., take back any remaining items or drop them off at a second-hand shop or charity. Search toronto.ca/reuseit for locations near you.
Secondhand Sunday is an event supported by the City of Toronto. For more information visit www.secondhandsunday.ca