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Copy of PEECE - Waste Audit Feb 2012

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We need to know what and how much waste we are producing in order to create effective reduction goals and campaigns in our schools.

In a lifetime, the average North American will throw away 600 times his or her adult weight in GARBAGE!

Landfill sites account for about 38% of Canada's total methane emissions.

Across Canada it costs more than $1.5 billion per year to dispose of garbage.

A WASTE AUDIT is
The measurement of garbage, recycling, and compost produced at a school during one day.
A full day’s worth of waste (garbage and recycling) is collected and sorted into various categories and weighed.

Garbage and recycling are sorted at the same time on opposite sides of the room.

One garbage bag to be opened at a time on the table with the tarp, then sorted.

Recycling bins to be emptied on the tarp and sorted from there.

Safety gear must be worn.

Recyclable Drinking Containers
Plastic Water Bottles
Classroom and Office Paper
Food Scraps
Food Packaging
Newspaper/Magazines

Once a clear plastic bag is full, place it behind the chair.
Weight vs. Volume
Follow scale instructions (on scale)
Record on individual bag weight and total category weight
Plastic products contribute 7% by weight and 30% by volume to municipal solid waste.

Facilitated waste audit and campaign program
2 facilitated waste audits
1 whole-school waste reduction campaign supported by EcoSource
Professional development workshops and opportunities for school staff and Eco-Clubs
Assistance in the Waste Minimization pillar of Ontario EcoSchools

Grades 1 -12



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