Waste Reduction Week in Canada | Waste Reduction Week in Canada

Waste Reduction Week in Canada


Waste Reduction Week in Canada is a year-round program, focused on the principles of circular economy, resource efficiency, and waste reduction. The program’s primary purpose is to celebrate our environmental efforts and achievements while encouraging new innovative ideas and solutions. The celebratory nature of the campaign is what motivates learning and behaviour change.

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.


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, the national Waste Reduction Week program was formalized by Recycling Council of Ontario who now leads the national campaign with support from a coalition of not-for-profit environmental groups and governments from each of the 13 provincial and territorial jurisdictions across Canada.


About Recycling Council of Ontario

Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) is a not-for-profit membership-based organization committed to minimizing society's impact on the environment by eliminating waste. RCO's mission is to inform and educate all members of society about the avoidance of waste, efficient use of resources, and the benefits and/or consequences of these activities. Since 1978 our commitment to Reduce, Reuse, Recycling has driven our actions, and is the bedrock of our efforts to help facilitate the efficient use of resources and transition the economy from a linear to circular model where post-consumed materials are integrated back into use and production cycles. We also have a long history of designing and executing high profile school campaigns and public events that showcase the 3Rs into learning opportunities and action.

Upcoming Waste Reduction Weeks 

Waste Reduction Week in Canada starts on the third Monday of October every year. Make sure you save Waste Reduction Week dates into your calendar for the next upcoming campaigns!

October 18 - 24 2021 (Waste Reduction Week in Canada's 20th anniversary!)

October 17 - 23 2022

October 16 - 22, 2023

October 21 - 27, 2024

Program Highlights

Waste Reduction Week in Canada continues to grow and engage more Canadians each year through social media, events, landmark lightings, and more. Each year we create a video that wraps-up the campaign, highlighting photos and videos posted to the #WasteReductionWeek or #SCRDCanada program hashtags: