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Information is power, and in the case of green initiatives, the right information can propel your household closer to a zero-waste footprint.

The Rideau Environmental Action League (REAL) Journey to Sustainability committee invites the public to learn how they can perform a quick and informative waste audit in their home, at the Jan. 16 information session to be held at Trinity United Church in Smiths Falls. The doors open at 6:45 p.m., and the presentation begins at 7 p.m. The meeting is free and open to anyone.

All it takes to complete an audit at home is your paper and plastic bins, a garbage can, compost container and a sample garbage bag from your home to sort through. Don’t forget those gloves and an apron for protection!

“By completing a waste audit, you’re taking an inventory of what you buy, and then you can assess if you can buy in an alternative manner without producing waste,” explains Vanessa Bernicky, environmental co-ordinator for the Town of Smiths Falls.

Bernicky will be joined by two fellow engineering technologists working in Drummond/North Elmsley and the Town of Perth, to clarify how to conduct a waste audit, as well as give updates on the world of recycling.

These field experts will also touch on backyard composting, local opportunities to boost your green impact, and community-specific information on recycling in Drummond/North Elmsley, Smiths Falls and Perth.

Tony Mack of Perth will share how his town’s decision to operate a compost program and all that goes into this, from curbside to end product.

This is a wonderful opportunity to broaden your environmental impact and have your questions answered by local pros. Not to mention saving you money at the curb! #JourneyToSustainability