This year, Oct 16 – 22 has been declared Waste Reduction Week in Canada with the focus on a different theme each day
Monday Oct 16 – Circular Economy
A circular economy occurs when products are designed so that resources can be reused and reinvested in new products. Rather than focusing on recycling, in a circular economy recovery and reuse are part of the design. It also promotes the idea of access over ownership.
Tuesday Oct 17 – Textiles Tuesday
The average person throws away 37 kilograms of textiles each year, 95% of which could be reused or recycled. This day has been designated to raise awareness of the environmental impact of this waste and to provide information on how and where to donate these unwanted items for reuse or recycling.
Wednesday Oct 18 – Celebrating Champions and Innovators
This is a day to acknowledge and celebrate the communities, individuals and businesses which are disrupting traditional business models to embrace waste reduction initiatives. People who are improving systems and designs to integrate reuse, refuse and repair into their business.
Thursday Oct 19 – Plastics Thursday
Since the 1950’s, 8.3 billion tons of plastic waste has been generated of which only 23% have been recovered or recycled. Many companies are today creating innovations to reduce plastic use as well as recover and reuse plastic already in the environment. Today will highlight how you can join this fight.
Friday Oct 20 – Food Waste Friday
This is the day for you to learn about food waste and commit to reducing it by:
- Planning meals and making a grocery list
- Storing fruits and vegetables properly
- Getting creative with leftovers
- Thinking about expiry dates
We encourage everyone to take the Food Waste Pledge and take action to reduce YOUR food waste.
Saturday & Sunday, Oct 21 & 22 – Swap, Share or Repair
Swapping, sharing and refurbishing can divert many items from disposal. This October weekend we encourage everyone to think about the lifecycle of materials and learn more about sustainable consumption. Take part in a swap meet or visit a flea market or white elephant sale. Consider borrowing or renting an item needed rather than purchasing one. You will not only extend the life of a product but save yourself some money as well. A true, win-win proposition!
This Waste Reduction Week let’s all do our part to build awareness around the issues of environmental responsibility and divert more waste to conserve natural resources.