Plastic pollution has reached global crisis with devastating impact that spans the entire globe, including the Great Lakes. It is believed that 80% of the litter in the Great Lakes is made of plastic. When plastic is disposed of, it does not decompose it only breaks apart into smaller pieces. These pieces are referred to as ‘micro-plastics’. These toxic micro-plastics litter the environment, including water systems and are often times consumed by aquatic life. In addition, chemicals leach from these same plastics and make their way into drinking water.
Less than 11% of plastic in Canada is recycled.
Approximately 90% of all plastic used in Canada finds its way to landfills, green spaces, communities and water posing threat to the environment.
How Can You Help?
Make the decision to RECYCLE at work!
The West Park Sustainability program is in the process of implementing a Centre-wide recycling program on all in-patient units. There are now fully operational recycling programs 2EC and coming soon to other units! As a result of the tremendous efforts of our Centre staff, volunteers and patients we are now capturing glass, plastic and cans generated in these areas and diverting them from landfills.
The 3EA, 3EB and 3EC soiled utility room diversion systems have been updated with appropriate bins and signage. This is to ensure all items that are disposed of are leaving the building in the correct designated waste stream. The Sustainability program will also implement this program Centre-wide to promote environmentally safe diversion during operations.
Our top purchased single-use plastics are being reviewed to see how we can safely reduce or eliminate them from operations. Stay tuned for exciting updates on these initiates in the near future.
Click here to try a Green Peace calculator that will ask you seven (7) quick questions to give you an idea on how much plastic you use in a year! You can also learn how you can reduce plastic usage at home.
We are all accountable for environmentally responsible operations.