- pollutes the environment; and
- is expensive to manage.
Managing garbage through recycling is becoming more difficult.
Governments, individuals, producers and businesses must all adjust to deal with our garbage problem. The best things you can do right now are:
- reduce the amount of garbage you produce; and
- pay your part to manage garbage and recycling.
Don't throw out so much stuff
- Reduce the waste you produce.
- Reuse or repair the things that you have.
- Reconsider your purchases.
- Recycle and compost when possible.
Find out more from Zero Waste Yukon.
Refuse single-use items
Avoiding single-use items is an easy way to start reducing your waste.
Tips for avoiding single-use items
- Bring your reusable travel mug to the coffee shop.
- Choose blue jugs and reusable water bottles over flats of plastic bottles.
- Bring your reusable grocery bags to the store.
- Buy groceries in bulk and use reusable containers
- Bring your reusable cutlery and plates to community events or barbecues.
- Shop locally instead of ordering online.
- Say no to plastic straws.
- Bring a reusable container to restaurants for leftovers. Ask if your takeout order can be put in a reusable container.
Save-On-Foods and Riverside Grocery in Whitehorse accept reusable containers for bulk purchases. They will weigh your container so you only pay for the product inside.
You can support businesses that help us all reduce waste. Find out which businesses are doing their part to reduce waste.
Repair your items
Instead of throwing something out, fix it and keep using it! Repair prevents things from ending up in the landfill.
Tips for repairing items
- Find out where to repair your items.
- Attend Yukonstruct’s monthly electronics Repair Café from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month.
- Fill out the warranty on your product or find out if you can ship it out for repair.
- Access online resources like iFixit.
Reuse what you have
How to reuse instead of throwing out
- Find a thrift, consignment or pawn shop. Check out Zero Waste Yukon’s Re-use Guide to donating and locating used goods in Whitehorse
- Take your item to a free store. Free stores are available at waste facilities in:
- Host a clothing swap.
- Have a garage sale.
- Sell or buy items on local Facebook pages or Kijiji.
Recycle what you can’t reuse
If you can’t repair or reuse your item, recycling is the next best option.
- needs a lot less less energy than producing something from new materials; and
- diverts waste from local landfills.
Reconsider your purchases
- Consider if you'll use the item for a long time or it’s only useful for a short time.
- When possible, buy higher-quality items that are more likely to last. Research before you buy.
- Buy what you need and use what you have.
- Consider whether an item has been made for "planned obsolescence." This means the item will intentionally become useless after a set amount of time.
- Borrow or buy second hand instead of buying new.