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Zero Waste




What goes around comes around  - Well that’s the goal for zero waste.


This project first started back in 2002 at St. Sylvester. In the 14 years since then, it’s traveled to Prince of Peace, St. Stephen, St. John the Evangelist, St. Henry, and now it’s back to St. Sylvester. 14 years is a long time. It’s older than almost every student at our school. It’s also allowed a lot of positive change to take place. Back in 2002, there was no green bin, and now all homes in Toronto have a green bin to divert their organic waste. In 2002, we still had gas receipts at every gas station, whereas now, you have the option of choosing whether you want a receipt; reusable cloth bags were rarely seen at grocery stores while now, you can see them many places. All positive changes that we’re thrilled to see. Of course, just like life, you need to focus on the positive and never stop looking for improvements. There is still lots of room for improvements. Take a look at the areas we’re still pushing for change on the following pages.


You’ll be able to read about


  • Bill 151  

  • Biodegradable packaging

  • The Landfill vs Incineration debate

  • Simple steps we can all still take

  • What we’ve done

  • What we’ve learned


Back in 2002, we referred to the Race to Zero Waste. At some point, it became a marathon and now true to our school learning plan, we know that this journey will never truly end. Life long learning means exactly that, so join us on this journey and help us find a way – The Earth is ours to care for each and every day.


 Rethink and Refuse