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Waste Reduction Week 2017

So concludes another successful Waste Reduction Week in Canada where we celebrate environmental efforts and achievements while encouraging new innovative ideas and solutions.

We’re proud to share that 2017 was our most engaging year yet. From coast to coast there were hundreds of events held in conjunction with Waste Reduction Week in Canada, including film screenings, shoreline cleanups, clothing swaps, repair events, e-waste drop-off and collection events, and facility tours.

Social Media Buzz

Thousands of contributors shared news, tips, facts, and events all over social media using the hashtag #WasteReductionWeek.

Facts & stats

Waste reduction tips

Waste reduction pledges

We had a Brunch & Learn yesterday about waste reduction and this was my #letsgetwasteless pledge with @yourecofriend who shared her #zerowastelifestyle tips with us. As we kick off #wastereductionweek it was great to see so many people interested and engaged with the goal to reduce their own personal waste. I couldn’t hold all the pledges but these are some I already employ & here are a couple I will add: 1. each morning as I get the shop opened for the day, I sweep up and pick up a lot of garbage & occasionally leave bits of it for city workers to do with their machines, but I will get my hands dirty and do it myself more even though I hate picking up litter. 2. I’m going to try make my my own reusable wipe jars so I can clean my hands throughout the day- we have these cool reusable baby wipes in the store and I have jars! And I am going to try and source a reusable glass cleaning cloth that’s not a microfibre for me and the shop. #challengeaccepted #reducewaste #eliminatesingleuse #reusables #builttolast #brandvalues #loganandfinley #ecoconscious #generalstore #greenliving #zerowastemovement #toronto

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Spreading the word

Proclamations

Nearly 100 cities and organizations proclaimed Waste Reduction Week

Waste Reduction Week Events

Waste-free lunches

At school

..and at work!

Recycling collection drives

Fix-it Fair in Nova Scotia

Make Your Food Go Further Campaign in Nova Scotia

Textiles Tuesday outreach in Alberta

Recycling information session in Yukon

Learning lots about recycling and waste reduction at the Yukon College waste audit with Raven Recycling! #WasteReductionWeek

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Trashless Tuesday at U of M

Repair Cafes

Clothing swaps

AWARE Clothing Swap in Whistler, B.C.

Pop-up Clothing Swap in Nathan Phillips Square

Drop, Swap & Shop event at Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto

Shoreline Cleanups

Recycling facility tours

Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre

Waste audits

Landmark Lightings

CN Tower in Toronto on October 16

Thanks @cntower for supporting #WasteReductionWeek!

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Calgary Tower on October 17

Toronto sign on October 18

Niagara Falls on October 22

Food Waste Pledge

If food waste were a country it would be the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world. In Canada, $31 billion worth of food ends up lost to disposal every year. For Waste Reduction Week in Canada 28,000 people signed up to take action through the Food Waste Pledge.

If you missed out you can still take the pledge!

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