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 Circular Innovation Council (formerly 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.
This October we celebrate Waste Reduction Week in Canada’s 20th anniversary! This year's overall theme is Then - Now - Future. We invite you to join us as we reflect on the last 20 years of successes and look ahead to accelerating our circular future.
About Circular Innovation Council
Circular Innovation Council – originally established as Recycling Council of Ontario in 1978 – believes solutions for greater resourceefficiency is to advance the circular economy, which decouples economic activity from the consumption of finite resources. By putting circular economy concepts into action through collaboration and inclusion we discover solutions through circular business models that design waste out of production and consumption.
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:
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 17 - 23 2022
October 16 - 22, 2023
October 21 - 27, 2024