Reduce park operations'
waste emissions to 10
percent below 2007
levels by 2020.
Both recycling and composting reduce the amount of waste that is landfilled and represent significant potential GHG emission reductions. For example, the US EPA estimates that yard trimmings and food scraps accounted for as much as 25 percent of MSW produced in 2008.
Completed and Ongoing Actions
- Donate or recycle used computers and electronics.
- Continue to increase the recycled content of purchased materials.
- Use almost all green and non-toxic janitorial products.
- Discontinued landscape watering and fertilizing at the park.
- Engage staff to reduce, recycle, and manage waste at work.
- Installed water bottle filling station at Herring Cove Beach bathhouse, and Salt Pond and Province Lands Visitor Centers.
- Implemented a construction waste management plan and job site recycling policy.
- Recycled 1500 tons of concrete and asphalt (equaling 99.42% of waste diverted from landfills) when replacing Herring Cove Beach bathhouse.
- Maximize web-based communications to reduce use of paper and printing.
- Start a comprehensive recycling outreach campaign aimed at park visitors, including increased signage and recycling visibility.
- Initiate composting options at facilities where appropriate.
- Establish Purchasing Requirements for low/no-VOC insulation materials, carpets, paints, and adhesives.