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Committee agrees to get their Blue & Green Bins in order June 14, 2016

Yesterday, TEA’s Waste Campaigner spoke to the Government Management Committee to draw attention to the sad state of recycling and organics diversion in City of Toronto community centres, recreation centres and libraries. Our efforts didn't go to waste!

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New TEA Report Puts Organics First June 13, 2016

Today, we launched a new report to show how Toronto can take the first step towards zero waste by focusing on organics in the new City Waste Strategy.

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Green Energy from Toronto's Green Bins June 08, 2016

The Province recently announced their climate change plan, and it included some positive news for waste: the Province is supporting the use of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) as one way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario.

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Victory at Toronto Board of Health June 08, 2016

Victory! Toronto’s Board of Health has agreed to prevent pollution and develop a consumer right-to-know display for toxic dry cleaning chemicals thanks to TEA's latest campaign.

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Waste Free Ontario Act passed! June 03, 2016

On June 1st, the Ontario government passed the new Waste Free Ontario Act (Bill 151).

While we have some concerns, we’re very glad to see this long-overdue policy passed, as it will mark a new phase for waste regulations in Ontario.


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Blossoms, Opossums and Ticks May 26, 2016

It can be difficult to picture the everyday impacts of climate change. While it’s an issue we deal with on a global scale, some of Toronto’s plants and wildlife are trying to tell us what it means for our city, our community, and our environment.

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Toronto's Waste Diversion Dips Back to 2012 Rate May 20, 2016

Toronto's waste diversion rate is going in the wrong direction - not only did we fail to meet our projected increase, but our diversion rate fell to 2012 levels.

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What Others Are Saying about Provincial Plans for the Greenbelt May 18, 2016

In May 2016, the Province announced plans to grow the Greenbelt into 21 urban river valleys, including three in Toronto. Here's what others are saying.

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Province Listens to Torontonians and Plans to Grow the Greenbelt into our Ravines May 13, 2016

After seven years of campaigning, including lots of help from our supporters, river lands in Toronto’s ravines are poised to become the newest “members” of the Greenbelt family.

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Council Watch: May Edition May 11, 2016

Every month, Toronto City Council meets to debate and decide on issues large and small that impact our city. From Uber to bike lanes, transportation was a key topic of conversation at Council last week. The future of Scarborough's sewage was also decided.

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Why TEA Took The Leap April 28, 2016

Back in early August, one of my environmental colleagues sent me an early draft of what Canadians now know as The Leap Manifesto. The colleague asked whether TEA would sign on.

Whenever I get these sort of requests, I ask myself: are the values and proposed actions in line with the values and vision of TEA and our supporters?

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TEA speaks to MPPs on Waste Free Ontario Act April 20, 2016

Along with other environmental NGOs, TEA submitted comments to the Province in late February on the proposed Waste Free Ontario Act. In late April, TEA's Waste Campaigner, Emily Alfred, spoke to the Provincial Committee responsible for revising the draft Act.

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Imagine a carbon neutral Toronto April 14, 2016

At a recent event hosted by the City, I was asked to imagine what my life would look like if Toronto was carbon neutral in 2050. It was a question that required me to think about many transformative changes that would need to take place in the city. 

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TO Waste Strategy - City presentations April 08, 2016

The City's Draft Long Term Waste Strategy contains a lot of information.

To see a summary of the key points, check out the presentations from the public consultation in April 2016.

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Canvasser Profile: Andy April 05, 2016

Meet Andy: one of TEA's dedicated employees.  Andy explains why he loves working for TEA and gives us an inside scoop on canvassing in the City of Toronto.

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Have your say on Zero Waste - part 2! March 31, 2016

The City's draft waste strategy is out! The City wants to hear from you - you can attend a consultation event in April, or you can take the feedback survey

We think the strategy is generally moving in the right direction, but there are some changes we'd like to see, and overall, it’s too slow and not ambitious enough. 

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City Waste Strategy survey tip sheet March 30, 2016

The City’s Long Term Waste Strategy survey is out! Now is your chance to answer questions and share your thoughts on how Toronto should be a zero waste city.

The survey is focused on your experience, and should take 10-15 minutes to answer.  You can answer the survey online, or request a paper copy. You have until April 27 to answer the survey.

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Have your say on Zero Waste March 23, 2016

Next week, the City of Toronto is launching a one month public consultation period for the draft long term waste strategy.

This is our chance to tell the City that we want a long term waste plan that protects the environment, builds equitable communities and supports a green economy.

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7 Principles for Climate Engagement March 17, 2016

Without public support, green policies aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. In recent years, a number of low carbon policies have been eroded because they’ve lacked strong public support. 

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City Waste Strategy Consultation March 14, 2016

You can use your voice to shape the way Toronto deals with waste for the next 50 years. Here's how!

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