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Waste Reduction in Action: Tips from Team TELUS

Oct 18, 2023
At TELUS, we believe that small actions can lead to big impacts. This week, we are proud to celebrate Waste Reduction Week in partnership with the Circular Innovation Council, as part of Circular Economy Month.
Over the past two decades, we've actively championed waste reduction, diverting 15 million devices from landfills and investing in sustainable technologies and businesses. We believe that everyone can, and should, participate in waste reduction in their day-to-day lives. Seeking inspiration on where to start? Our very own Team TELUS shares the ways they are reducing waste at home.
Think before you buy 
"I make sure anything entering the house can be recycled, minimizing the garbage we throw out." - Tania
"I focus on the 'reduce' stage by refraining from buying new unless strictly necessary. For items that can't be bought secondhand, I prioritize high quality to extend their lifespan and reduce the need for frequent replacements." - Scarlett
“I try to purchase locally as much as possible to reduce packaging, shipping and any return processes.” - Laura
Give your belongings new life 
A stack of smartphones and tablets
“Whenever possible, opt for repair over replacement. If you’re having device troubles, visit our smartphone repair chain, Mobile Klinik. Repairing instead of replacing items, particularly electronics, reduces the need for new materials.” - Colleen
“Visit your local tailor or learn basic sewing to breathe new life into your old, worn clothes. You can get creative with it and end up with something more beautiful and unique than when you started.” - Mitch
Recycle as much as possible 
"I set aside a bag for used batteries and light bulbs, which I drop off at my local recycling depot." - Michele
"Every municipality has different recycling processes. Google 'Your city + recycling' to brush up on the do’s and don’ts. We’re fortunate to have a super comprehensive recycling program in our municipality. My family and I meticulously rinse and sort to ensure we’re doing our part. You’d be surprised how much can be responsibly recycled if you take the time to learn and organize." - Samantha
Make it easier for yourself 
"Setting up convenient container locations for recyclable materials is key to developing good recycling habits." - Winston
“While doing my fall cleaning, I set aside a stack of items to repair as well as donations.” - Lisa  
Leave the house prepared
A person holding a cloth bag while grocery shopping
"Having one set of glass and a separate set of high-quality BPA-free containers with lids has been invaluable in reducing the amount of single-use plastics in my household. I bring Tupperware with me to restaurants in case I have leftovers from the meal. I use that same Tupperware for food prep and storage to avoid using plastic cling wrap." - Irene
"I never leave home without my reusable bag and cup. It's an easy way to cut down on waste, whether you're quickly stopping at the grocery store or grabbing your morning coffee." - Tyler
Sharing is caring
“Instead of buying items you rarely use (such as tools, camping gear, etc.), check if your community has a ‘Library of Things’ where you can borrow them.” - George
"Opting to swap clothes with friends for a wardrobe refresh is both practical and sustainable. Not only is it economical, but it also helps keep clothing out of landfills." - Justin
Taking these extra steps help to divert as much as possible from our landfills and our precious ecosystems. Let’s make our planet healthier. To learn more about TELUS’ commitment to the circular economy, visit