With a change in season comes a change in clothes! As you begin switching over to warmer jackets and cozier blankets this fall, you might realize that some of your items smell musty, stale or just need a good cleaning! But what do you do when these items can't easily be thrown in the washer and dryer, the ones that need special care or have labels like 'hand wash' or 'dry clean only'?
News & Updates
Last week, Council approved the next stage of the Long Term Waste Strategy. It was great to see some positive discussion about diversion - and a number of Councillors mentioned TEA's messages.
This week, Councillors are voting on the framework and options consultants will use to draft a long term waste strategy for Toronto. The strategy will come to the public in early 2016.
TEA was at Public Works & Infrastructure Committee last week to hear the staff report and talk to Councillors.
Last night, a capacity crowd of 200 came out to hear panelists give their ideas about what the city can do get ready for the severe weather climate disruption will bring to Toronto. Another 250 people were on a waiting list to get in.
What is the most important thing we must do to get ready for the severe weather climate disruption will bring Toronto?
TEA summer students and volunteers from CASSA have been talking about the challenges that face condos and apartments in reducing waste - the average diversion rate is 29% for apartments, compared to 66% for houses. However, one condo in Scarborough has turned that around.
The City wants to hear from you on the Long Term Waste Plan this summer via an online survey that will close on July 24.
This is a critically important issue, and it's your chance to help Toronto decide whether we choose a path to zero-waste.
Read TEA's tips below to help you share your waste-free ideas on this important issue!
As of June 1st, Toronto residents can start recycling more types of plastic films and bags in our Blue Bins!
While the City has accepted clean plastic shopping bags in Blue Bins since 2008, it didn't accept other plastic bags, like bread bags, frozen food bags, and fresh produce bags.
Next week Toronto City Council decides what to do with the eastern part of the Gardiner Expressway. Right now, Council is split between two options: dismantling the Gardiner and ramping it down into a surface-level boulevard (supported by Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health and the City’s Chief Planner) or rebuilding it (supported by the Mayor, and called the hybrid option).
Critically acclaimed Canadian musicians Terra Lightfoot and Brian MacMillan have confirmed that they will perform at TEA’s upcoming Getaway to the Greenbelt, and evening in support of TEA's work to preserve and expand Ontario's Greenbelt.