We are committed to translating science beyond academia to increase scientific and environmental literacy. We engage with the public at community events or public spaces, we visit schools, we talk to the media, and we work with local, national and international stakeholders to increase waste literacy and facilitate the use of scientific evidence in the decision-making process. We have dubbed ourselves the ‘UofT Trash Team’.
Interested in joining our team or participating in our outreach events? Contact us.
Our Mission: 1) Connect people and increase literacy concerning material consumption and waste with fun, creative and practical actions. 2) Use education, public outreach and scientific research to deliver evidence-based solutions to decrease solid waste and promote a circular economy.
Our Vision: We envision a fun and engaged waste-literate community where citizens are actively working to protect people, wildlife and the planet through the intersection of science, policy, community engagement and innovation that promote zero-waste lifestyles.
Susan Debreceni is passionate about connecting individuals with meaningful opportunities to become more active in their local community. She has been proudly supporting a national network of community volunteers through the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup for close to 15 years. She is thrilled to lend her support locally to the UofT Trash team through guidance and mentorship and to continue to bring waste literacy to the public.
Dr. Rafaela F. Gutierrez is a social scientist with expertise in waste policy. She has a keen interest in up- and downstream processes for plastic recycling. Over the past decade she has studied, advocated and worked with low-income communities in Brazil focusing on how to improve socio-productive integration into formal recycling streams. She is currently a research fellow at UofT, working on food waste awareness and reduction. She is excited to be part of the U of T Trash team and to develop strategies about how to deal with plastic waste and to increase waste literacy.
Stay tuned for more events to come!
June 8th and 9th, 2019: Rouge Valley Eco Valley Exploration event. Explore the Rouge Valley and stop by our plastics outreach table to learn from students about the impact of microplastics in our environment.
May 5th, 2019 – Annual Cleanup the Don in collaboration with TRCA’s Paddle the Don. Our team cleaned at 5 locations along the river: Eglinton, ET Seton Park, Pottery Road, Riverdale Park, Corktown Commons.