Landfill / Guides

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...landfill space and can save you money by not having to pay for disposal – there are people willing to come and pick up the most unusual of items – pieces of drywall, floor boards, cabinetry, old windows etc. Separating waste; keep like materials together for easier recycling or pickup by others. Keep unrecyclable a...

Jenine Alexander's homemade mobile tiny house
Tiny house

DIY Tiny House for less than $3,500

...landfill, Jenine Alexander built herself this super affordable Tiny House. Since first building this sweet little home on wheels, she has actually completed two more. If you're interested in DIY Tiny House projects, be sure to check out her blog where she writes about small house building projects and low-impact living...

Plastic in landfill
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Turning Waste Plastic Into useable Fuel

Though we all diligently cart our plastic to the curb for recycling, the sad reality is that only about 7% of it is commercially viable for recycling, the rest ends up as landfill. Plastic is a petroleum product that until now has been very inconsistent and unstable when returned to an oil form. Recently a North Ame...

Living green roof installation on the Edelwiess house
Roof coverings

DIY green roof installation video

...landfill. A properly installed green roof has a longer lifespan than asphalt shingles and will absorb and retain a large portion of storm water, which otherwise would end up in sewers needing to be treated. Storm water some regions is sent directly to waterways, taking with it pesticides as well as pollutants and d...

Ontario’s first LEED certified hospital
LEED Homes

Ontario’s First LEED Certified Hospital

...landfill. Using fly-ash, a by-product of coal fired power plants, to reduce the amount of cement needed in the building concrete, resulting in a 20% reduction in carbon emissions compared to regular concrete. Extracting and manufacturing 26% of construction materials from within 800 km of Bluewater Health. ...

LEED Silver mid-rise in Gatineau, QC.
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Sustainable building practices create prosperous communities

...landfill. Ms Madew commented: "But green buildings are not just good for the planet - they are good for people too. Sustainable buildings are boosting student test scores, accelerating patient recovery rates, improving worker productivity and slashing energy bills. These claims were made ahead of last month's...

Bullfrog clean power
Renewable energy

Bullfrog Power makes clean renewable energy available to all of us.

...landfill site. A common question seems to be "How do they ensure the very power I use is green?" They don't, that's not how it works. Even if you have solar panels on your roof, the actual electricity you use is for the most part not the electricity you generated. The bulk of electricity generated by home solar pan...

Cutting a 110 year old dying pine tree.
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

The rise of urban logging

...landfill. It won't necessarily save or make you money, but you can at least know your tree went to good use. Brian and Chairman Meow © Colleen Mahoney Finished studio using reclaimed materials and tree milled on site © Colleen Mahoney

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood

...landfill. Entrepreneurs are popping up in different regions and are now turning those trees into usable products. Sunken timbers: Generations of logging has left unfathomable quantities of wood sitting at the bottom of rivers, perfectly preserved, ripe for the picking. On many rivers, salvage companies send divers do...

Aerial view of The Earth Rangers Centre (CNW Group/Earth Rangers)
LEED Homes

The Earth Rangers Retrofit a LEED Gold building and earn LEED Platinum

...landfill For more information about Earth Rangers and The Earth Rangers Centre, please visit www.earthrangers.org . You can take an online tour of the building at www.ercshowcase.com

Natural gas fireplace
Heating with gas and oil

Heating with natural gas

...landfill sites and other decomposing organic materials, rather than letting it escape into the atmosphere. While the biogas industry is still in its infancy, it is mostly injecting methane into the general natural gas supply lines, which due to their own problems with leakage and the very high Global Warming Potential ...