Local governments, schools, businesses, and organizations are asked to declare the third week of October as Waste Reduction Week in Canada. Proclaiming is a great way to profile your dedication to waste reduction to your community.
Click here to read why organizations, schools, and communities are showing their support for Waste Reduction Week!
Proclaim Waste Reduction Week
The process for proclaiming Waste Reduction Week has changed. To eliminate paper use, we are only accepting completed certificates online.
To proclaim Waste Reduction Week in Canada follow these simple steps:
From the links below, download the proclamation certificate that suits your organization.
Fill out the certificate and include your organization’s logo and/or seal on the bottom right. You are welcome to use your organization’s own certificate template instead, if desired.
Fill out the proclamation form below and upload the scanned certificate, or email your certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to tell us why you are proclaiming and what your organization is doing to reduce waste and support a circular economy!
Once submitted, your proclamation will be posted to wrwcanada.com/proclamations within 1-3 business days.
Ready to proclaim? Fill out the form by clicking the button below.
"Canadian Blood Services recognizes that the operational activities and the products and services which it provides has an impact on the environment. Thus, we are committed to incorporating environmental sustainability into all business operations to reduce our environmental impact by setting objectives and targets and continually improving our operations. Bottle refill stations are being rolled out at our donor centers around the country. We are implementing centralized waste systems in our larger facilities and encouraging a shift towards 'my waste, my responsibility'."
"As a company, we love to seek out ways to reduce our environmental impact wherever possible. Examples of things we have done in the past include the fact that we have purchased many weekly staff lunches from organizations (especially Nature's Fare) that strive to use organic and local foods, the way we aim to recycle as much as possible, and the way we set an example for staff on using sustainable transportation to get to work (one of our executives walks or rides the bus to work every day). We also like to support positive change in the communities we visit; for example, when travelling, we try to purchase organic and local foods whenever possible (especially from Whole Foods Market). Our office also has several sustainability features, including a special cork floor, sustainable building materials, and a small garden in the corner."
"The Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) has an ambitious Solid Waste Management Plan to increase our waste diversion goals and reduce the region's waste disposal rate from 435 kg per person in 2017 to 290 kg per person by 2026. The FVRD is always striving to get its residents, businesses and institutions to rethink, reduce and reuse waste materials. Then we encourage them to recycle and compost as much as possible before placing anything in the garbage."
"Leading Calgary to zero waste We're serious about recycling and composting, and have set ambitious goals to reduce waste going to our landfills. Our vision is to lead the community towards zero waste through innovative recycling, composting and diversion programs. In 2015, City of Calgary Council approved a revised target of 70 per cent waste diversion by 2025 averaged across all four sectors – single and multi-family residential, business and organizations, and construction and demolition. For the full details, see the Council minutes. We have set specific diversion targets for each sector: Single family – 70 per cent Multi-family – 65 per cent Business and organizations (Industrial, Commercial and Institutional) – 75 per cent Construction and demolition – 40 per cent With the implementation of our Blue and Green Cart programs, Calgarians now recycle and compost more waste at home than is sent to landfill. Our multi-family and ICI sectors are also now required to have both recycling and food and yard waste diversion programs. Just a few of the programs leading us toward zero waste."
"The Town of Grand Coulee is looking forward to informing and encouraging our residents to be more environmentally conscious by reducing the amount of waste we produce."
"The Wolseley Residents’ Association’s Green Space Committee is committed to creating a more sustainable community in Wolseley, a core area neighbourhood in downtown Winnipeg. Among the activities we’ll be undertaking this year are a series of blogs that will appear on the WRA website during Waste Reduction Week, designed to inform our community about best recycling practices and hazardous waste disposal. In the Spring we’ll be hosting two workshops - a hands on session on how to compost and a tree planting workshop co-hosted with Trees Winnipeg. We also hope to host a neighbourhood wide clothing swap at some point in the new year, and our long term future plans include repair/reuse workshops, and sessions designed to encourage plastic use reduction, promote energy efficiency and encourage biking and walking."
"Waste Reduction Week raises awareness of the need to reduce the amount of waste we produce to conserve natural resources. Every year, the City of Toronto manages over 900,000 tonnes of waste. This requires money, energy and resources, and takes up valuable landfill space. The City's comprehensive Long Term Waste Management Strategy prioritizes reducing waste and minimizing the amount sent to landfill, through a circular economy approach."
"Dysart Council has committed to banning single use plastic water bottles in public spaces by 2020 as part of an overall waste reduction strategy. The municipality recently partnered with ULinks and Fleming College's Sustainable Waste Management Program to examine suitable alternatives to single-use plastic, possible impacts of bans, and educational and outreach opportunities moving forward. You can read the full report here"
"Our organization is all about waste reduction! We rescue surplus food from all across the supply chain, from farm to retail, and redistribute it to a network of more than 350 nonprofit partners across the GTA. Our online platform FoodRescue.ca connects food donors directly with nonprofit organizations that use food in their programs. FoodRescue.ca is currently available across Ontario and launched recently in Lower Mainland BC."
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