Biodegradable, compostable, and a few tips on recycling

The main difference between biodegradable and compostable is that while biodegradable materials return back to the environment, they can disappear completely but still leave metal or plastic residue. Compostable materials on the other hand return to nutrient-rich, water-retaining soil with no damaging effects on the environment. That is why the term biodegradable on a label does not automatically mean the product is environmentally friendly.

It’s also important to note that while a product is compostable it does not automatically mean it will compost at home. Many compostable products will only compost in an industrial setting where the temperatures are high and prolonged.

Recycling is the process of converting waste into reusable materials to form other products.

While electronics and batteries can’t be completely recycled, valuable materials, such as copper, gold, and lead can be salvaged from them.

Keep your recycling cleanJust one dirty container in your recycling bin can contaminate the whole load of recycling and send it to the landfill. Rinse your food waste, milk cartons, bottles and aluminum foil before you toss them in the bin.

Oh Canada, you only recycle 9% of your recyclable waste, eh! Canadians consume about 3.3 million metric tonnes of plastic, 2.8 million metric tonnes are thrown away as garbage and, according to Greenpeace, nearly half of Canada’s plastic exports were sent to China. That was until China shut its door to our waste in 2018. Of the waste that is recyclable, only 9% actually gets recycled. The vast majority of it ends up in our landfills, burnt or exported. These statistics underscore the need to reduce all our plastic waste and that recycling in our weekly blue bin is not the sole solution to our plastic problem.

“Waste less to be the Best”