Topic

Waste

4 petitions

Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Don Iveson, Scott Mckeen, Andrew Knack, Bev Esslinger, Jon Dziadyk, Aaron Paquette, Sarah Hamilton, Tony Caterina, Ben Henderson, Tim Cartmell, Michael Walters, Mike Nickel, Mohinder Banga

Single-Use Plastic Bag Ban in the City of Edmonton

Free plastic bags are polluting the world's oceans, our rivers, our landscape and our food chain. As responsible earthlings, we need to reduce the number of bags making their way into the waste stream and the environment. Single-use plastic bags waste valuable resources, cause pollution when they are being manufactured, and are a sad legacy for future generations. The City of Edmonton prides itself on its 'world class' recycling program and does a good job diverting 'waste' to be reused or broken down to use the resources. Would it not be wiser to reduce the amount of waste going into the waste stream than having to spend resources coping with the volume of the waste stream? Can we not do better? I call upon you, and every other Edmontonian, to sign this petition so that our councilors and mayor may see that there is a lot of concern by the citizens of our city to reduce the amount of single-use plastic bags being used in our city. Plastic bags are one of the largest components of plastic contaminants in our oceans. When plastic bags make their way into our waterways they break down to small micro-plastic particles that get into the food web. Plastic does not disappear.  Let's be responsible earthlings and citizens of our planet and stop polluting our common home. It is time that Edmonton joins the many municipalities, states, and countries across this planet that have banned the use of single-use bags. We have started a Facebook group to rally around and to bring together people to work on this campaign. Please consider joining our Facebook group.  

Michael Kalmanovitch
8,033 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to University of Victoria, UVIC

Sipping Sustainability: Coffee Cups on UVIC Campus

At UVIC, over 3000 paper coffee cups are thrown out every day. That is the equivalent of one average sized tree here on Vancouver Island. So we made a statement by taking all the coffee cups that would have previously gone into the landfill, and we dumped it on my head. If you like trees, hate garbage, or just like signing petitions, please add your voice to our campaign to get the University of Victoria to provide alternatives to disposable coffee cups.  So what's wrong with disposable coffee cups? Beyond deforestation, our campus' cup waste is contributing to climate change. When you throw your paper cup in the garbage, it won't just compost in the landfill. As compostable materials break down in a landfill they decompose anaerobically and release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Coffee cups are also not obviously compostable. There are many eco-friendly ways to dispose of these cups, but it isn't clear for the average student to know what those are. The paper cups sold on campus are compostable and recyclable, but due to a lack of education and clear signage, most of these cups end up in the garbage. Our goal with this project is to get the University to provide alternatives to the current sole option, disposable cups. Here are some solutions we have thought of:  1) A campus wide cup share program similar to those being trialled at universities around Canada. These systems provide reusable cups for people to use when they forget their own, and can then be returned for a deposit.  2) Mugs in the cafes around campus so that people can sip their coffees to stay. This will not only make campus more personal but will help keep cups out of the trash.  3) Subsidized travel mugs available at the cafes around campus to encourage people to bring their own mugs from home.  And there are many other options! Sign the petition, share the video, and give us your ideas for a cup-free future on campus.   

Levi Hildebrand
5,150 supporters