By focusing the hierarchy of the three R’s (The Reduce, The Reuse, The Recycling, The Recovery and even Elimination), we rethink on how to consume.

Reduce: The first and most important step is the REDUCTION of residual materials at the source. We all need to review our consumer habits and make better choices when buying so we can reduce unnecessary waste. For example, take advantage of buying foods in bulk instead of purchasing those with small containers. eco-top2

Reuse: If after its first use an item still looks usable, you can give an object a second life by reusing it until it becomes outdated. You could also make someone else’s day by passing it on to somebody else who needs it. There are many electronics out there that people can sell to maximise an objects life spam before recycling or throwing it away. Consult the Repertoire Quebecois des Recuperateurs, Recycleurs et Valorisateurs of RECYC-QUEBEC to find out more or to drop off your things to be reused.

Recycling : To conclude the 3R’s, recycling is the ultimate step that industrially transforms materials from an object that has reached the end of its usefulness. Recycling reduces waste in many ways, yet my visit to St.Michel taught me that 40% of recyclable items cannot be recycled due to contamination. This source of this problem starts from the way we sort our bins at home. Non-recyclable items found mixed in with the recycling slows down the separation of types of plastics for example. Also, there is an amazing amount of recyclable material before our eyes in Lachenaie landfill.

Up-cycling: No big surprise, but, yard waste and kitchen scraps are a large part of our daily waste. Fortunately, their transformation into compost adds value and reuse. Composting at home is accessible and Éco-quartier is available to support you in this process.