Waste Reduction Week in Canada: Oct. 17 – 23, 2016

Waste Reduction Week in Canada is a national environmental campaign that builds awareness around issues of sustainable and responsible consumption, encourages choice for more environmentally responsible products/services, and promotes actions that divert more waste from disposal and conserve natural resources.

The program’s educational resources and “take action” messaging empower all Canadians to adopt more environmentally conscious choices. Waste Reduction Week in Canada further provides information and ideas to reduce waste in all facets of daily living, creating the solutions to the many environmental challenges we face including climate change, water pollution and preservation of natural resources.

Annual dates

Waste Reduction Week in Canada takes place during the third week of October every year. Make sure you save Waste Reduction Week dates into your calendar for the next upcoming campaigns! 

October 16 - 22, 2017
October 15 - 21, 2018
October 14 - 20, 2019


Waste Reduction and Recycling Weeks in Canada started in the mid-1980s, when a number of recycling councils and environmental organizations began holding provincial events. In 2001 these organizations came together, joined their resources, and expanded efforts into a national event called Waste Reduction Week in Canada (WRW).

For 15 years, the program has been organized by a coalition of both government and not-for-profit environment groups from each of the 13 participating provincial and territorial jurisdictions across Canada.