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
— Environment Canada (@environmentca) October 19, 2017
— Waste Reduction Week (@WRWCanada) October 19, 2017
Waste reduction tips
— Recycling Council BC (@RecyclingBC) October 16, 2017
— Eco Teacher (@Eco_Educate) October 20, 2017
— TerraCycle Canada (@TerraCycleCA) October 16, 2017
— Minister C. McKenna (@ec_minister) October 16, 2017
— City of Vaughan (@City_of_Vaughan) October 21, 2017
Waste reduction pledges
— Environment Ontario (@ONenvironment) October 17, 2017
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
Spreading the word
— OttVall WasteRec (@OVWasteRecovery) October 17, 2017
— West Lynn (@Westlynnwarrior) October 20, 2017
— John Tory (@JohnTory) October 16, 2017
— Recycling Council BC (@RecyclingBC) October 6, 2017
Waste Reduction Week Events
— St. Michael CES (@StMichaelAngels) October 17, 2017
..and at work!
— PragmaTech (@PragmaTechWS) October 26, 2017
Recycling collection drives
— GEEP (@GEEPInc) October 19, 2017
— PPG EcoBiz News (@PPGpearson) October 23, 2017
Fix-it Fair in Nova Scotia
— Clean Foundation (@CleanFoundation) October 21, 2017
Make Your Food Go Further Campaign in Nova Scotia
Stop by the Truro Walmart today until 4pm to chat with us about how to make your food go further and enter to win $100 worth of Tupperware! pic.twitter.com/QF5qX74kgh
— Colchester WRM (@ColchesterWRM) October 17, 2017
Textiles Tuesday outreach in Alberta
Recycling information session in Yukon
Trashless Tuesday at U of M
— Planet in Focus (@PlanetinFocus) October 15, 2017
AWARE Clothing Swap in Whistler, B.C.
Thank you to everyone who came out to the AWARE Fall Clothing Swap!! We had a blast swapping fantastic clothing with great people! A huge thank you to the @westin_whistler for letting us use your gorgeous venue. And a big thank you to the volunteers who make the work we do possible. SWAP, DON'T SHOP. . . . #wastereductionweek #choosetoreuse #zerowaste #zerowasteheroes #standupforwhatyoustandon #swapdontshop #clothingswap #lovethisplace #lovethisplacereduceyourwaste #reduce #reuse #repair #repairyourtears
Pop-up Clothing Swap in Nathan Phillips Square
— Waste Reduction Week (@WRWCanada) October 17, 2017
— Jaye Robinson (@JayeRobinson) October 17, 2017
Drop, Swap & Shop event at Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto
— willy wilson (@wdwilson) October 22, 2017
— Shoreline Cleanup (@cleanshorelines) October 18, 2017
Recycling facility tours
Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre
— OttVall WasteRec (@OVWasteRecovery) October 16, 2017
— OttVall WasteRec (@OVWasteRecovery) October 18, 2017
CN Tower in Toronto on October 16
Calgary Tower on October 17
Toronto sign on October 18
— City of Toronto (@TorontoComms) October 19, 2017
Niagara Falls on October 22
— Jim Diodati (@jimdiodati) October 23, 2017
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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