WAT's Sustainable, Waterloo? Welcome to the official Sustainability's Office's official podcast: WAT's Sustainable?
On Episode 02 of the podcast, we answer the question: WAT is zero waste? We discuss the concept of zero waste living, the difference between zero and low waste living, the challenges contributing to our global waste problem, and what you can do as an individual to reduce your waste!
- Ecological footprint explanation from the Canadain Index of Wellbeing
- Zero waste according to the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the Zero Waste International Council
- CBC News article: Canadian municipalities struggling to find place for recyclables after China restricts foreign waste
- Sustainable Development Goal #12: Responsible Consumption and Production
- Canada’s Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste
- Waste-Free Ontario Act and Strategy for a Waste-Free Ontario
- Kitchener-Waterloo's Bring Your Own Container (BYOC) Directory
- Shift:Zero – UW Zero Waste Action Plan and Sustainability Office’s Waste page
- Campus A-Z Sorting Guide and Region of Waterloo Waste Whiz
- UW Waste Week
- ShareWaste – for those living in apartments to find places to compost locally, or for homeowners to offer their composting services to those without it!
- Zero waste shopping in Kitchener Waterloo: Zero Waste Bulk and Full Circle Foods
- IKEA's Scrapsbook for zero-waste cooking
Tips for reducing your personal waste
- Sort your waste properly
- Carry a reusable bag wherever you go
- Use reusable masks (if your community/workplace permits)
- Meal prep more to minimize takeout
- DIY products instead of buying from stores
- Reuse or repurpose products before disposal
- Go thrifting to extend the lifespan of products
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