Reduce, Reuse and Rethink

Rethinking the way you recycle is the focus of our Reduce, Reuse and Rethink collection. It explores why Canadian communities are at a turning point when it comes to recycling and considering ways to do it better.

  • 2018
  • 9-12
  • 19 Titles

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What a Waste Leftovers

This series has explored waste of all kinds from nuclear to electronic, to water waste and space junk. This week, host Torah Kachur looks at all of the other types of waste that pile up. Call it the leftovers edition. From paper to cigarette butts to tires, it's the garbage catch-all.
  • 2014
  • 00:27:29
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/17/2015

The National Recycling incorrectly can cost taxpayers big time

Recycling incorrectly can cost taxpayers big time. From not rinsing out containers to throwing garbage into the recycling, contaminating your blue bin can do more harm than good.
  • 2018
  • 00:04:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/03/2018

The National Rethink the way you recycle

Rethinking the way you recycle is the focus of CBC News series Reduce, Reuse and Rethink. It explores why Canadian communities are at a turning point when it comes to recycling and exploring ways to do it better. Much of the reason is because of a decision by China to crack down on foreign waste. About half of the world's recyclables ...
  • 2018
  • 00:06:46
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 05/02/2018

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The National Sweden beats Canada in garbage performance

Sweden beats Canada when it comes to garbage performance — that is, they do a better job of recycling their waste. As part of the Reduce, Reuse, Rethink series, CBC News puts the spotlight on Sweden, where so little garbage is ending up in landfills that they now import waste from other countries so it can be burned to generate ...
  • 2018
  • 00:04:28
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/13/2018

The National The dirty business of sorting your recycling bin

Recycling is a ritual in a lot of Canadian homes, and we do it with the best intentions. But intentions in our kitchens may not be good enough.
  • 2019
  • 00:02:20
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/23/2019

The Weekly The dirty truth about recycling

Canadians are among the world’s top producers of plastic waste, but a lot of what gets put in a blue box doesn’t actually end up getting recycled. A large portion of what people think is being recycled is sent overseas to countries such as the Philippines or Malaysia where it ends up in illegal junkwards. The Weekly’s Wendy Mesley speaks ...
  • 2019
  • 00:10:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/28/2019

The National Trying to recycle everything comes at a high cost

Trying to recycle everything — including hard-to-recycle items like coffee pods and cigarette butts — can come at a high cost.
  • 2018
  • 00:02:33
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/13/2018

News in Review - December 2000 Urban Garbage: Landfill or Recycle?

Public education does not just occur in schools; a long-term process, it plays an important role in everyone's daily life. As urban populations increase, infrastructures like waste management systems become critical, as does educating citizens to its role in making the systems work. This report focuses on how Toronto and Halifax have dealt with urban garbage and explores garbage as ...
  • 2000
  • 00:09:54
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/15/2000

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  • Urban Garbage: Landfill or Recycle?