Did You Know?
- Canada may well hold the dubious honor of being the largest per-capita landfill contributor in the world.
- According to Statistics Canada, the Waste Management Industry in 2008, was estimated at 5.6 Billion, to which we “wasted” roughly 75% of valuable resources.
- According to the Ontario Auditor General, while residential diversion is improving; Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (IC&I) diversion (2/3 of the overall waste stream), which includes Construction and Demolition (C&D), is decreasing.
- Conformance to Ontario’s 3Rs Regulations for Construction and Demolition Projects (102/94 & 103/94) is a dismal 13% – due to lack of awareness and education on issues, regulations, impacts, services, costs, etc; and regulations or enforcement specifications.
- Wasting drywall or other building materials cause endless negative impacts.
- Life Cycle Assessments (different than Life Cycle Costing) is part of the new International Green Construction Code, Standards, Guidelines.
- Ultimately, the availability & costs of services & better products depends not only on how we view resources, but also on how we learn from or work with each other, and our genuine commitment to Recover in order to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle…
- While environmental policies including those regarding Industrial Commercial and Institutional (IC&I) are an issue, we must recognize how there are many more to be considered. Every individual (young and old) and every organization (public or private) is a stakeholder.
- The Washington, DC-based Institute For Local Self-Reliance calculates that recycling creates 36 jobs per 10,000 tons of material recycled compared to 6 jobs for every 10,000 of tons brought to traditional disposal facilities; Recycling was a net job creator – for every 100 jobs created by recycling only an estimated 13 were lost in solid waste collection and disposal and virgin material extraction within the state.