The best way to improve our waste management is to produce less waste. Recycling is good, but reducing and reusing are even better.

I will support efforts to ban plastic bags. While we’re waiting for provincial action, I’ll try to coordinate voluntary waste-reduction strategies.

I will also support enforcing existing garbage laws. They’re there for a reason, but they don’t do us any good unless we enforce them.

Automated garbage collection will involve more choices than big or small bins. In Mount Pearl, for example, it led to a significant falloff in recycling rates.

I will explore and promote strategies to increase waste diversion, including clear plastic bags and increased public education. Public education campaigns can be very effective in convincing people to reduce, reuse, and recycle!

[See also Litter]

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