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Niagara to observe Waste Reduction Week

Niagara Region is observing Waste Reduction Week, Oct. 21-27, as part of a national environmental campaign which builds awareness about sustainable and responsible consumption, and promotes actions to divert more waste from disposal and conserve natural resources.

The Region will be offering free public tours, hosting an information booth and holding a contest to inform residents about the importance of waste reduction.

Niagara Recycling centre tours are Wednesday, Oct. 23, and Friday, Oct. 25, at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. at 4935 Kent Ave., Niagara Falls. Learn first-hand about machines, processes and people who sort, bale and ship your recyclables. For safety reasons, closed-toed shoes and long pants are required. Individuals must be 10 years of age or older and be able to walk a flight of stairs to participate.

Participants can reserve their spaces by calling the Region's Waste Info-Line at 905-356-4141 or 1-800-594-5542 Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sign up before Friday, Oct. 18. The 45-minute tours are free of charge. However, reservations are required to participate and space is limited.

A Walker Environmental Compost Facility tour is Monday, Oct. 21, 10:30 a.m. to noon. The tour begins at regional headquarters' Campbell West entrance. Learn how your green bin material is turned into a high-quality compost through a guided bus tour of Walker Environmental Group's compost facility. Call the Waste Info-Line to reserve a spot.

Niagara Region waste management staff will provide information and answer questions on a variety of waste management programs at information booths: Monday, Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grimsby Public Library; Wednesday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Niagara Falls Public Library, MacBain Community Centre; Friday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Seaway Mall.

Staff will be selling blue boxes ($6), grey boxes ($6), green bins ($17) and kitchen catchers ($4).