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Poll shows what materials residents recycle

With Earth Day fast approaching (Saturday, April 22nd) a new survey answers the age-old question: just what can you...


With Earth Day fast approaching (Saturday, April 22nd) a new survey answers the age-old question: just what can you find in the recycling bin of the average resident?

Conducted by epost, the online mail delivery service from Canada Post, and Ipsos-Reid, the survey found that for 61 per cent of Ontario residents, paper takes up the most space in their recycling bins, followed by plastic (31 per cent), metal (6 per cent) and glass (2 per cent).

The survey also found some other telling results about Ontario’s attitude towards recycling and the environment, in general:

— Over 70 per cent of Ontario residents (72 per cent) said that helping the environment is important to them on a personal level, with 34 per cent of those respondents saying it was very important and 18 per cent saying it was extremely important.

— Almost one fifth of Ontario residents (19 per cent) said that using less paper would be the easiest way to better help the environment on a daily basis, tied for first with cutting down on electricity consumption (39 per cent) and ahead of driving less (15 per cent).

Clearly, residents are looking for new ways to help the environment this Earth Day. One suggestion to help make this possible is to sign up for free, online mail delivery. epost.ca is a free service which allows you to cut out the paper by switching to electronic bills and statements delivered securely online from a selection of over 100 different companies, including such mailers as Union Gas, Canadian Tire and localized bills from a number of cities, including Toronto, Ottawa and Thunder Bay. By choosing to receive bills online, epost can greatly cut into the 70 lbs. of addressed mail that Ontario residents receive in an average year. In addition, bills and statements can be saved online for up to seven years.


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