There’s been a lot of press about plastic drinking straws in the news lately (you can read a previous blog post about it right here, which includes some great alternatives if you happen to be looking for some) but the reality is that this represents only a fraction of the single-use food-related items people throw away every day.
Part of the challenge is that more and more we’re finding ourselves in a “throwaway” culture and in many cases the emphasis is on convenience and not the environment. This model is not sustainable.
In case you missed the news, Ottawa City Council recently voted in favour of allowing plastic bags into green bins. The change won’t take effect until 2019, and the hope is that this move will convince more residents to participate in the city-wide composting program.
Dog waste will be allowed in green bins as well. Ottawa dogs generate a lot of poop. According to the Ottawa Citizen there are about 40,000 dogs licensed by the municipality and an “estimated 4,000 tonnes of pet waste goes into the dump each year from all homes, based on a 2014 trash audit of 100 ho