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Today is World Tuna Day … How are you celebrating?

Indonesian spiced rice with tuna

Whereas we’re taking a tuna-in-cheek look at World Tuna Day, the origins of the day are very important. It’s all about conservation management and taking care of our water…to help take care of the life it sustains. Water is a finite resource. What we have now, is all we will ever have, and it’s up to us to take care of our water supplies now and in generations to come.

York Region has adopted the One Water philosophy. This approach encourages greater conservation and finds valuable new sources of water in rainfall, snow melt and the safe reuse of treated wastewater.

Tuna fish is an excellent source of protein and other nutrients that are important to a healthy diet. It’s also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids (omega-3s).

Whether it’s in salads, sandwiches or casseroles, canned tuna is as versatile as it comes. In addition to being an easy lunch-on-the-go, tuna contains lower levels of mercury than fresh or frozen tuna because smaller types of tuna are used for canning. When purchasing canned tuna, choose “light” tuna more often than “white” or “albacore” tuna, because it has less mercury.

But the joy of tuna doesn’t stop there.

Tuna can on the lawn

After you’ve enjoyed your tuna snack, wash out the tin (being mindful of sharp edges) and place it on your lawn, half-way between the sprinkler and the outside edge of the area being watered. Then turn on the sprinkler and start timing.

When the can has one-inch of water, stop the clock. That’s how long you’ll need to water your lawn for maximum root growth. Water just once each week (and only if it hasn’t rained) for a lush, green lawn.

Once determining the proper amount of water for your lawn, simply toss your tuna can into the blue box for recycling. If you’re not sure if an item is recyclable or if it’s garbage, check out York.ca/bindicator to make sure you’re disposing of it properly.

But wait – there’s more!

Tuna can planter

Do you want to get into the DIY craze but don’t know where to begin? Simply Google Tuna Can Upcycle for some interesting and easy starting points.

Happy World Tuna Day … and #loveyr!



World Tuna Day; York Region; Tuna Whereas we’re taking a tuna-in-cheek look at World Tuna Day, the origins of the day are very important. It’s all about conservation management and taking care of our water…to help take care of the life it sustains. The Regional Municipality of York en-US News

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