Reduce Reuse Recycle


Reduce Reuse Recycle

A friend of mine from Turkey told me it took her an entire year to figure out recycling in Canada. She found the program overwhelming.

However, recycling is taking something that isn’t useful, like an empty can of pop or empty egg carton, and making it into something new instead of throwing it away. All municipalities in Grey and Bruce have recycling programs. Blue boxes are provided to residents of communities to put certain materials in for recycling. For a list of recycling dates in your area you can contact your municipality or go to their website.  I have included a list of items that can and can’t be recycled.  For additional blue boxes you can contact your municipality. Approximately 95% of Blue Box materials go on to be recycled into new products.

  • Aluminum foil (Aluminum foil, aluminum pie plates & baking containers)
  • Boxed beverage containers (Tetra Paks®, juice & soup boxes, gable top containers such as milk & juice cartons)
  • Glass bottles & jars (Clear or colored, food & beverage glass containers)
  • Metal food & beverage containers
  • Plastic bottles (Water, pop, juice, dish detergent, bleach, laundry detergent & shampoo bottles; flatten 15 L water jugs; caps go in garbage)
  • Plastic tubs & lids (Cottage cheese, cream cheese, dips, ice cream, margarine, & yogurt tubs)
  • Books (Hard & soft covered books & telephone books)
  • Boxboard (Cereal, detergent, tissue boxes, etc.; flatten; liners go in garbage)
  • Fine paper (Computer paper, writing paper, envelopes, newspapers, inserts & flyers, paper bags)
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Corrugated cardboard (Tie in bundles no larger than 90cm x 90cm x 30cm

Good Food Box

The Good Food Box is a non-profit program that provides a mixture of best quality fruits and vegetables to everyone living in Grey and Bruce County. Their goal is to increase the amounts of healthy foods eaten by people living in our communities. The fruits and vegetables are bought in bulk. This lowers costs of produce for those who chose to participate. In Grey Bruce, 15 coordinators and 150 volunteers operate the program. One food box costs $15 but needs to be paid for before pick up. Financial support is available for this package. Information about financial assistance can be obtained from local coordinators. For more information click on the links below:

The Plan

In this blog I will tell you about wonderful places to visit and things to do in Grey and Bruce County. This includes shops to purchase affordable foods, festivals and events that are happening throughout the year, and many recreational programs to take part in. I will post volunteer, employment and educational opportunities and write about many community groups that may be of interest.
I will provide helpful information on housing and provincial programs that support new residents of Canada. Important details on applying for Canadian citizenship or obtaining a health card, driver’s license, and social insurance number can be found here.



This blog is to pass on a wide variety of information that will help support people living in Grey and Bruce Counties whose first language is not English.
People new to Canada, now living in Grey and Bruce have asked for information about life in their new communities. Many have said the information they are looking for is the kind they might get from a friend or acquaintance. This is exactly what I plan on sharing with you.
Although I am a long time resident of Grey and Bruce Counties and have lots of useful information to offer, I am open to suggestions and new ideas for this blog. My hope is that the information provided will be useful to new community members, helping to make their move to the region a pleasurable experience.