Ready to take the Zero Waste Challenge in 2019? Here are some tips

Ready to take the Zero Waste Challenge in 2019? Here are some tips

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Start in the kitchen, one product at a time, to make challenge less daunting


If you're looking to shrink your carbon footprint this year, residents of Rosemont–La Petite Patrie can offer inspiration.


They're taking part in a Zero Waste Challenge held by the borough to learn more about what it takes to reduce the garbage created by borough residents.


Jonathan Nordland said he didn't know what zero waste meant when his wife signed up their family, but it became a fun challenge as they tracked their progress each week.


"For me, it's a game," he told CBC Montreal's Daybreak, saying he's now always looking for more ways to reduce.


"Once you start going down the rabbit hole, it's easier and easier to do."


Nordland's household is one of 50 taking part in the challenge that began in October and continues into May. Their progress is tracked online, and they get assistance from the borough to learn how they can further cut down on their garbage.


With Canada among the worst in the world when it comes to food waste, and the plastic that you put in the blue bin not guaranteed to be recycled, the borough is looking for ways to encourage residents to change how they consume.


Douglas Beeson, a software engineer who lives in Rosemont–La Petite Patrie with a roommate, says three months into the challenge, his household is down to about a half a kilogram of garbage per week.


He says it's fun to weigh your waste and see the impact of your efforts.


"Very quickly in this project you [start] discussing with yourself the role of plastic in your life," he said.


Nordland, a residence life manager at McGill University, says at first he was worried they would have to hide the family's garbage in the basement.


Now, they're even looking at how they can reduce the amount of compost they put out as part of the city's curbside pick-up program.


He said it's a matter of changing everyday habits which we usually don't give a second thought. Read More...


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