Sorting Through Waste

October 6, 2021

Clemence Marcastel

In 2017, Scarlett Manor, a Toronto Community Housing neighbourhood in Etobicoke, experienced a series of devastating floods that caused extensive damage to 3 of its 13 stories. Upon inspection, it was determined that items such as, “flushable” wipes, personal hygiene products and small pieces of material, hair and other miscellaneous items were the cause of the flooding.

For Zamani Ra, a resident in the community, this and subsequent floods opened up an opportunity to educate residents about what garbage should go where, and, ultimately, why it matters. Watching families most impacted by the floods navigate through damage and destruction inspired Zamani to do everything in her power to prevent this from ever happening again.

Zamani’s insights led her to establish a training enterprise called Circular Environmental Education (CEED) Canada. Park People hired Zamani to employ her model to help educate Sparking Change communities on how to create low to zero waste park events.

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