We have targeted initiatives that engage all sectors of our community, create a collective voice for Calgarians and help us gather intel to use in our mission to promote a plastic-free city!
Ban the Bag YYC
Canadians use 2.86 billion plastic bags per year, filling landfills, polluting communities and harming the environment. That’s 7.8 million a day. We believe creating policy around single-use plastic bags such as bans or levies work because they enforces habit change across the masses.
Our goal is to encourage our municipal leaders to create policies that will help our city become more sustainable. Calgary has the opportunity to lead and demonstrate to the world that it is committed to a more sustainable future. So Calgary, its time to let your voice be heard.
Last Straw Calgary
The Last Straw is an initiative to encourage bars and restaurants to go straw-free or straw-on-request. We kicked off this initiative in the summer of 2018, as a competition against Waste Free Edmonton to see which city could get the most bars & restaurants to go straw-free.The battle is over but Last Straw Calgary Campaign continues!
If you are a Straw-on-Request establishment, let us know. Next steps include showcasing our straw-free city to municipal leaders to help them create effective policies around single-use plastics.
Construction & Demolition Waste Campaign
Our newest initiative will address waste created by construction and demolition activities within Calgary. Led group of students from the University of Calgary’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Evolving Engineering team.
As it stands now, more than 90% of this waste is being taken to the landfills. A lot of these materials are raw and are easily recyclable, yet they are not being diverted from landfills properly. In a project led by our Campaign Manager, Trecia Kilback, Schulich construction engineering graduate, she found that from one construction site approximately 472 tonnes of waste (e.g. steel, wood, drywall, asphalt, concrete) was produced. Thankfully the company in this study commissioned a waste management provider to sort the materials and recycle it and was able to recycle 93% of the materials.
Many countries in Europe (e.g. U.K, Netherlands, France) have a law in place that mandate new constructions to divert min 75% of their waste. Nova Scotia is a province that has enforced a similar law. Thinking of all the projects in Calgary, and the waste that is produced but is sent to the landfill this team plans to encourage change within our city.
By the year 2025, we envision driving a change in Calgary’s construction practices that sees at least 80% diversion of construction and demolition waste from landfills. In addition, we aim to reduce the nearly 600,000 tonnes of national landfill waste that Statistics Canada (2017) attributes to construction and its related activities. We are proposing policy recommendations to the City of Calgary which restructures the city’s C&D waste disposal and recycling policy in order to reduce the overall landfill volume, and thus protect the environmental future of Calgary.
For more information visit https://reconstructcalgary.com/