Waste Reduction Week

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The automobile is the world's largest source of pollution! Reducing our dependency and switching to cleaner, renewable fuel systems is a number one priority for protecting the environment.

Did you know that a single city bus can take 40 vehicles off the road, saving 70,000 litres of fuel and keeping 18,000 kilograms of pollutants out of the atmosphere each year? If everyone used an alternative mode of transportation just once a week, traffic and emissions would decrease by 20%.

Here are some things you can do to make a difference:

  • Take the bus, ride your bike or walk to work. A family can save an average of $586 a month on auto expenses by using public transportation instead.
  • Try carpooling—not only to work, but to your child's sporting events, lessons, etc. Carpooling with one other person cuts emissions and gas costs in half.
  • If you have no other travel option, maintain your vehicle and get regular tune-ups. It not only increases fuel economy by up to 10% but also reduces air pollution.
  • Turn off the engine. Ten seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting the engine. More info...
  • Coordinate your trips throughout the week.
  • Check your tire pressure often. Under-inflated tires can increase fuel consumption by up to 3%. More info...
  • Use a block heater in the winter and set it on a timer that will turn it on an hour or two before you start driving.
  • Avoid using your air-conditioner unless absolutely necessary.