Organizing an event during Waste Reduction Week in Canada is an excellent way to engage your community in the 3Rs and waste reduction. Businesses, schools, government, or organizations can register their waste reduction event. Popular events include: waste-free lunches in both schools and offices, hosting waste collection drives (hazardous waste, textiles, or electronics), and free documentary screenings and information sessions.

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Waste Reduction Week in Canada 2016 Events

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Waste Reduction Week in Canada lights up Toronto!
On Monday, Oct. 17 the CN Tower will be blue and green to kick-off Waste Reduction Week in Canada.
Looking for a creative activity to contribute to Waste Reduction Week in Canada? 
Elementary school students and eligible children and youth groups across Canada are challenged to design a creative poster that promotes the 3Rs - reduce, reuse, recycle. The winning entry will be showcased as the national Waste Reduction Week in Canada poster for 2017 and receive $1,000 for their school or youth group! More information

British Columbia

Recycling cell phones, educating students about proper waste streaming and a skit at a weekly assembly. Good Green Deeds certificate for prizes. More information
Community garage sale and locally produced food and artisan market. Fundraiser for the Okanagan Rail Trail Society. More information
Regional Recycling Cloverdale will host a pancake breakfast to celebrate Waste Reduction Week, open the depot for public tours, provide recycling education and kids' activities! We'll be joined by our sponsor ReGeneration, and the Cloverdale Fire Department with their vehicles. More information
We're teaming up with Zero Waste Market (and others!) to bring you a great day of conscious shopping, featuring: + the most delicious (and ethical!) pastured meats and eggs + vibrant local produce + Canada-grown grains (from our neighbors at GRAIN) + an array of bulk dry goods + hostess gifts + so much more! Think, the great products you've been seeing at all the Zero Waste Market Pop-Ups, PLUS pastured meats and more! Coinciding with turkey pickup for our customers, this market is a great opportunity to grab all your Thanksgiving essentials before the big meal on Monday! Not to mention, a great excuse to come on down, check out the new retail space, and talk to us about all things food, sustainabilty, zero waste living, sustainable agriculture, and more! More information
A social media campaign highlighting a new way to reduce waste each day of Waste Reduction Week. More information
We are holding a free community donation event where the residential and commercial sectors can all bring down their unwanted and used electronics. We will accept all electronic and IT related equipment, there will food and door prizes - looking forward to seeing you there! The Electronic Recycling Association (ERA) is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 to address the growing problem of e-waste and the increasing ‘digital divide’. For over ten years, ERA has offered simple solutions to help individuals and organizations prevent operational equipment from premature destruction. More information
Please join us at the Dunbar Community Community Centre for a fix-it-all repair event! Bring your broken item(s) and learn how to fix it! Bring any electronic, textile or mechanical object (as long as you can carry it with you). This will be an extra special event as it is our first nation-wide repair event! More information
The challenge is open to all schools and happens during Waste Reduction Week, the third full week in October. Our goal is to raise awareness of the environmental and economic problems associated with waste. By reducing waste, we conserve precious resources, minimize pollution and save money. The challenge is to encourage everyone to reduce, reuse, recycle, compost, and conserve water and energy. More Information
It's waste reduction week every week at BC Tech - All year long we collect donations of surplus computers for refurbishment and distribution back to schools, community groups, and low income families and are 150,000 computers strong. We're the only BC computer refurbisher that is a charitable organization able to offer a tax receipt for donations and EPRA verified not to ship equipment overseas. More Information
As a green company, Green Chair Recycling continuously promotes environmentally responsible actions that will encourage communities to also divert waste from our landfills. To get people involved in this conversation, we will connect to others through our social media outlets through a series called 1 Thing A Day. More information
The Fraser Valley Regional District organised a screening of Just Eat It - a food waste story in which Jen Rustemayer was present to answer questions. Over 60 people turned up and donated non-perishable food items to the Salvation Army food bank. A great debate followed with a lively audience filled with questions about dumpster diving, food waste and how we all can do more. More information
It's about to get real over here at the FVRD. Four of our staff members have agreed to be more "Waste Wise" this October in support of Waste Reduction Week. What does that mean? Here's the deal. All the household waste that each staff member can generate for all of October must fit in one 1.5L jar. More information


Join us at the Peace Regional Eco-Centre on Friday Oct. 21st from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm for a FREE family BBQ. Home waste management information, children's activity booklets and draw prizes will be available. Public tours of the Eco-centre will also be available during this time. More information
In partnership with CF Market Mall during Waste Reduction Week we are continuing with the Beauty of Recycling theme, Alberta Depot has commissioned local artists Jeff de Boer, Cory Barkman and Christine Pederson to create a stunning tree sculpture entitled Return. Made using recycled beverage containers, and standing at an impressive 10 plus feet tall, the sculpture represents the positive community impact from Alberta’s continued commitment to beverage container recycling. More information


In celebration of Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council's 25th anniversary, a pop-up restaurant is being organized in Saskatoon. Using fresh local produce, Rubbish will show you how items like beet leaves and fruit pits can hit your plate instead of your garbage. Join us for a three course meal, masterfully prepared by The Hollows, and paired with a special "garbage" beer from Nine Mile Brewery. More information
In celebration of Waste Reduction Week in Canada, SWRC is excited to host a screening of Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things Thursday, October 20, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Roxy Theatre, Saskatoon (320 20 St West) Tickets: $10 - available online and at the door The documentary asks the question "How might your life be better with less?" More information
Students across Regina can learn the importance of recycling their old electronics thanks to a new week-long interactive exhibit at the Saskatchewan Science Centre, courtesy of Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) Saskatchewan. This EPRA Saskatchewan exhibit provides students with a hands-on opportunity to learn about the reusable materials found in old electronics like gold, silver, copper, glass, plastic and precious metals, which can be recycled and put back into the manufacturing of new products. More information


Celebrate Waste Reduction Week by learning the basics of composting at home! Topics include benefits of composting, how to get started, troubleshooting your bin, and how to use finished compost. Join us at River Heights Library for an interactive expert workshop. More information
Have you wondered what happens to your waste and recycling after it gets picked up, or had questions about 'what goes where?' Join us for a FREE public tour of Winnipeg's Brady Road Resource Management Facility (4R Depot) during Waste Reduction Week - a Sustainability Month signature event. Winnipeg's Nadi Design will be with us to talk about their role in developing the landscape plan that hopes to redefine the 'landfill experience.' More information


Looking for a fun, educational, and environmental activity? Win cash prizes to support your school's environmental projects by taking part in Recycling Council of Ontario’s Waste-Free Lunch Challenge!  During Waste Reduction Week in Canada (Oct. 17-23, 2016), Waste-Free Lunch Challenge encourages schools to decrease the amount of garbage they produce, and educates students, staff, and parents about waste reduction. We also encourage you to use the Waste-Free Lunch Challenge as a kick-off to inspire environmental awareness all year long. More information
The City of Thunder Bay and EcoSuperior will host a variety of waste reduction events, programs and contests for the public during Waste Reduction Week 2016. More information
Residents place unwanted items at the curb and people travel the neighbourhoods to find treasures for reuse or to repurpose the items. This practice keeps good items out of the landfill and promotes reuse as opposed to planned obsolescence. More information
Boomerang lunch week, if you brought you take it home. More information
Looking for an environmentally sensitive and privacy ensured method to dispose of your unwanted computer equipment? Leave it with Computation – winner of the Recycling Council of Ontario’s 2007 Waste Diversion Program Operator Award! We’ll see to it that your equipment is processed to the highest standards using our 3Rs model. For Waste Reduction Week, October 17th – 23rd, we are inviting the general public to drop off their unwanted computer equipment for reuse or recycling. More information
Reducing waste receptacles and replacing them with recycling stations. More information
Looking for a fun employee engagement campaign to run during Waste Reduction Week in Canada (Oct. 17- 23, 2016)? Partners in Project Green is hosting a Recycling Collection Drive to recycle clothing with Canadian Diabetes Association’s Clothesline program and electronic waste with Revolution Recycling. Registrants will receive communication resources and collection service to ensure your drive runs smoothly. Register by Oct. 12, 2016 at More information
Each day of Waste Reduction Week, we will be sending out an educational email to City staff. There will also be an electronics drop off box for City Staff members. More information
K-Cups and corks and batteries! Oh my! Whether it’s a scary coffee addiction or someone is planning on being a wine sommelier for Halloween, the Town of Oakville’s Environmental Policy team has the answers! Creeping up on us from the landfills of Oakville, our outreach team will be educating internal staff about waste best practices and reduction techniques through the use of eerie truth or dare games, creepy quizzes and much much more! More information
We are planning a cross-country Repair event on Saturday, Oct. 22 through video simulcast that will be streamed on the internet. From Albion Library in Toronto, we will link with our community Repair cohorts in Vancouver. We will share our repair skills and spirit across Canada. Join us! Check our website on Oct. 22nd for the link - More information
We want to invite you ALL to participate in our Random Acts of Green™ - HALLOWGREEN™ Campaign. We are launching a “HAUNTED TRASH” contest to help raise awareness about the OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND approach to waste and trash. We want people to start “thinking-before-they-throw”. The objective of the campaign is to…… 1) REPURPOSE 2) REUSE 3) REDESIGN 4) REMAKE Some piece of garbage/recycling into a spooky HallowGreen™ themed creature. You can participate in your office, workplace, school, or at home with your family. Please document the design process through photos and social media. More information
We shall be in the Red Zone (Vari hall) on Tuesday October 18th from 11:30-2:00 and will celebrate with a game of Where Does It Go? Show off your waste reduction skills for the chance to win some prizes! More information
Battery Bag Giveaway The "Where Do They go When They Die" Battery Curbside Collection Promotion City of Barrie waste reduction staff will be in attendance at the Farmer's Market on October 22, where they will be handing out battery collection bags to each family that attends the Downtown Farmer’s Market at City Hall from 8am to 12:00pm. These battery bags will be collected curbside by the recycling trucks the week of November 7th to 11th. 5,400 batteries were collected from Barrie residents during the 2015 campaign. More information
Join Cathy Nesbitt of Cathy's Crawly Composters as she discusses how worms are going to play an ever increasing role in waste management, soil production and therefore food security! Live on Georgina Life on Rogers TV Wednesday, October 19.
Hillfield Strathallan College gets into worms! Cathy's Crawly Composters presents The Wonder of Worms. During this high energy, inspirational session, students learn how worms convert organic matter into nature's finest soil amendment. We'll be setting up two Worm Chalets to assist in the learning. More information
Students are participating in the Waste-Free Lunch Challenge and are also extending the challenge to include snacks. Students are also bringing to school old,used batteries for recycling; this initiative will extend to the end of November. More information


All week the Environment Committee is hosting a variety of workshops at lunch and after school to raise awareness on how students can limit their waste in relation to food comsuption. Students will also create various daily challenges for the entire school population in regards to help reduce waste during the entire week in hopes that students will then continue to do so throughout the year and at home. More information

New Brunswick

Prince Edward Island

Nova Scotia

To celebrate, throughout the week municipal solid waste educators, in partnership with Divert NS, will visit 22 locations across the province to give away reusable bags and provide tips on plastic recycling! More information
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Divert NS, and as part of national Waste Reduction Week, we’re hosting a Fix-it Fair! Join free workshops on upcycling and repurposed art, learn how to fix things, meet local businesses in the business of fixing and repurposing, and bring your own broken things to see if our experts can fix them for you! More information
Kick off Waste Reduction Week with a behind the scenes look at how tons of waste from Dalhousie's Halifax campuses are managed on site. Meet at the Ocean Sciences Building at 1pm for a tour of the warehouse. This is a joint event between Facilities Management and the Office of Sustainability and is open to staff, faculty, students, and interested community members. More information
Have a question about What Goes Where? Wondering how to reduce the amount of waste you produce? Visit waste experts from the Office of Sustainability that will help you Sort It Out. Bonus: Test your waste sorting skills and be entered to win a zero waste prize! More information

Newfoundland and Labrador


Northwest Territories

October 18 @ 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Jr. Einsteins is back in Hay River for October! We will be doing two workshops this upcoming month. Join Dale October 4th for playing with light and Marissa October 18th to celebrate Waste Reduction Week! Just a reminder that this program is for children 5-9 years old and as the Library closes at 5pm, please pick up your child around 4:45pm. More Information
Ecology North is hosting a small presentation and round table discussion about a future Transfer Station in Enterprise. Communities in the NWT could use this station as a drop off point for their recycled materials.
All are welcome! We want to hear from youth, elders, and anyone in between. More Information