But Canada has afforded me the opportunity to make up for my ecological errors by conveniently creating trash bins that include slots for recyclables. Whether you're at Tim Horton's, the mall, or a city sidewalk, there's almost always the option to either throw away or recycle your trash. There's even a small hole specifically for cigarette butts on the trash bins in Toronto.
It's my understanding that the only parts of Canada without recycling programs are those in the tundra, such as Yukon and the Northwest Territories, and also New Brunswick. This is forgivable considering the combined population of those three regions is approximately 825,000 - significantly less than the population of America's smallest state, Rhode Island. (Side note: This gives you an idea of just how incredibly populated the U.S. is compared to Canada. Canada has 280 million fewer people than America despite it being larger in land mass. I believe this population gap is what 99% of the cultural differences between the two countries stems from.)
I do understand that because of Canada's relatively small population that large-scale recycling programs are more manageable than those in America. Nonetheless, it's an effort I appreciate and am very happy to be a part of. No more fairies need die on my account.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this post are that of an American expat living in Canada. These are merely observations and commentary based on my experiences living in both countries.
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