March 16, 2007
Turn Your Trash Into
Freecycle, Recycle, Deposit and Return
There are countless ways to reduce the
amount of waste in Ottawa’s landfills and I encourage you to take advantage of
some of the unique programs available.
Ottawa Freecycle is an excellent option
for people looking to share their unwanted items with people in the community.
This program has seen great success as many people have given away and received
a number of used items including appliances, sporting goods, computer products
and furniture. To get involved please visit
http://ottawa.freecyclecanada.org/. There is also a Kanata chapter of
Freecycle and for more information please visit
The Take it Back Program is also in
place to ensure that several household items are reused and recycled. There are
over 500 Ottawa retailers who participate and take back a number of items that
are not picked up at the curb including reusable household goods, gardening
supplies and automotive materials. For more information on the City’s Take it
Back Program please visit
It is still vastly important to
continue placing any other plastic bottles, jars, tubs, lids, glass bottles,
jugs, milk and drink cartons, juice containers and food and drink jars in your
Blue Box for recycling. Also, please do take the time to return your plastic
bags to Loeb to be recycled.
The Ontario Deposit Return Program
recently launched on Feb. 5, 2007 and has seen tremendous success since its
This program makes it incredibly easy
for you to get involved in helping to improve our environment. There are
countless benefits to taking the one, small step of returning your LCBO
Currently all LCBO containers over 100
ml have a deposit when you purchase them and can be returned to The Beer Store
for a refund. I encourage you to participate by returning all glass bottles,
Tetra Pak containers, bag-in-box, plastic bottles, aluminum and steel
Upon returning these items, you will be
refunded your deposit of 10 cents for containers less than or equal to 630 ml
and aluminum and steel containers less than or equal to 1L. Containers over 630
ml and aluminum and steel containers over 1 L have a deposit and refund of 20
Not only does this save all of us money
in the future but it is also anticipated that the Ontario Deposit Return Program
will keep an estimated 80 million alcohol bottles, cans and containers out of
Ontario landfills. For further information on this program please visit
www.bagitback.ca or my
website at www.shadqadri.com.
The Ontario Deposit Return Program also
creates space in your Blue Box and allows the City to further expand our
I am confident that as these programs
gain momentum we will see great results in every community across Ottawa. I
encourage you to tell your friends, family and neighbours about some of these
programs and remember that we all play an important role in preserving and
improving our environment.
Get your Ottawa Cycling Map
With spring just around the corner many people are looking forward to bringing
their bikes out of winter storage and enjoying the warmer weather.
The City of Ottawa, in conjunction with
the TravelWise program, has made it easier for cycling fans to explore the many
beautiful bike paths Ottawa has to offer.
The Ottawa Cycling Map will show you
suggested routes, off-roadway pathways and streets with existing bike lanes and
wide shoulders. In addition to this the map includes safety tips, the Trans
Canada Trail route, existing OC Transpo stations and the National Capital
The Ottawa Cycling Map is available for
$2 at several locations in Ottawa including the Kanata Client Service Centre,
located at 580 Terry Fox Dr., and Kundstadt Sports, located at 462 Hazeldean Rd.
For more information on the TravelWise
program please visit
Join the Fun in Stittsville
Stittsville United Church, located at 6255 Fernbank Rd., is hosting a Goods,
Services and Talent Auction next month and it is sure to be a great time.
The event will kick off at 7 p.m. on
April 20 and includes dessert and a live and silent auction. There are several
unique auction items including gardening services, painting and a variety of
goods and gift certificates.
Currently organizers are seeking
donations and if you would like more information please contact Marion Gullock
by email at
email@example.com or by phone at 613-836-5254.
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