For your holiday celebrations, we looked into the archives for our greenest holiday decorations. We’d love to take credit for this, but it was actually Toronto General Hospital’s Housekeeping and Facilities Department. They decorated with almost every single bit reused or recycled (and would’ve reduced new stuff purchased = all 3 R’s present and accounted for). So deck the halls with boughs of cardboard supply boxes…falalalala…
Happy Green Holidays from all of us at Talkin’ Trash with UHN!
In addition to its potentially negative health effects, Styrofoam is also harmful to the environment. In most places, including UHN, Styrofoam is not recyclable and is therefore disposed of as trash. Styrofoam will take centuries to break down in landfill and often ends up in oceans where it is very harmful to marine animals. While it is possible to recycle Styrofoam, the technology is expensive and not as sustainable as a switch to an alternative. Before we even have a chance to use Styrofoam products the manufacturing process creates both air and water pollution.
You are quite right about Styrofoam (aka polystyrene). In this situation, we were applauding the reuse of something that would otherwise just be trash. Ideally, we would not have any polystyrene in need of reuse.