Reducing Waste


When we recycle or dispose of something, we are throwing away the energy, raw materials, emissions, water, and hard-earned dollars that went into making the once-useful item.

While options for recycling and composting have increased in recent years, these still require energy for transporting and processing. In Canada, 75% of waste collected still ends up in a landfill or incinerator.

Take steps now to reduce your waste!

  • Buy only what you need.
  • When shopping, choose products with the least packaging. 
  • Consider purchases carefully. Ask yourself: 
    • Can you rent, borrow or buy the item second hand instead?
    • How long will this item last?
    • Can it be re-used or recycled in the future?
  • Buy in bulk or economy size - this uses less packaging and saves you money.
  • Bring a reusable shopping bag rather than plastic bags. 
  • Store leftover food in resealable containers. 
  • Pack a wasteless lunch for you and everyone in your home. 
  • Use a reusable lunch box and reusable containers. 
  • Use rechargeable batteries – this will help reduce your waste and save you money. 
  • Switch to electronic billing. 
  • Donate older furniture, clothing and other household items to local charities. 
  • Rent or borrow seldom used items, rather than buying. 
  • Bring a reusable coffee mug to the coffee shop – it’s good for the earth and will sometimes even get you a discount! 
  • Donate magazines to a seniors residence or doctor's offices. 
  • Reduce toxic chemicals in your home. Whenever possible, buy natural-based products. 
  • Visit second hand clothing stores to perk up your wardrobe.

Some things are just too good to waste! Learn more about Spruce Grove programs to reuse or donate unwanted items.