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Our personal consumer choices have ecological, social, and spiritual consequences. It is time to re-examine some of our deeply held notions that underlie our lifestyles.

David Suzuki

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Recycling at RGN and in the City of Ottawa

Recycling doesn't have to be hard or complicated. 

If you come to RGN campus you can bring your used and old batteries, small electronics (laptops, screens, etc) and tin foil to be recycled. The recycling bin for small electronics is behind the freight elevator on the first floor. For tin foil and batteries look for the 4 column beige trash bins throughout the building. Usually there's a seperate bin for batteries and tin foil right beside those bins. Don't forget you can recycle your masks and personal PPE in bins found out every entrance in the building.

If you have large furniture, large electronics and other uncommon recyclables, Best Buy or the City will take them off you hands. Call Best Buy to confirm or use this link for the specific dates for the city's recycling program. 

Not sure how to start with sustainable living. Check out The Green Book, a book created by uOttawa students that list ways to live sustainably in Ottawa.
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Resources and Apps

Although the City of Ottawa makes it mandatory for households to compost, it is not a requirement for apartments to have their tenants compost. If you want to compost your items you can purchase a Vermicompost from Box Of Life or you can donate your compost waste to a local. To donate download the app ShareWaste and you can find a local near you willing to take your compostable items.


Food waste is another issue that affects our environment. Download TooGoodToGo to find stores and restaurants/bakeries that have leftovers they're willing to sell at a fraction of the price. It's not moldy food they're selling to you just food that isn't considered pretty or a day old, so you can get meals, groceries or treats for much cheaper. Some frequent suppliers are SuzyQ Donuts, PizzaPizza, Mavericks Donuts, and the list keeps growing!

If you're looking to work your green thumb there are several community gardens throughout the city. Find the one nearest you and send the community centre an email to see if there's a plot available. Once you get a plot you have it until you don't want it anymore so you don't have to apply every year!

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