Organizations Support of Waste Reduction Week | Circular Economy Month | Waste Reduction Week in Canada

Organizations Support of Waste Reduction Week

Squamish-Lillooet Regional District 

“Waste Reduction Week is a National event that strives to highlight the importance of making daily decisions about the waste we generate. Working together we can build awareness, increase participation and celebrate local waste reduction ideas and successes. Learn more about Waste Reduction Week events happening across the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District by clicking here

Goodwill Industries of Alberta

“Goodwill’s long term commitment to sustainability goes hand in hand with our social enterprise goal of providing jobs and career training for Albertans with disabilities. Goodwill supports our career training programs for Albertans with disabilities through the sale of donated used goods at our thrift stores. Goodwill Industries of Alberta diverted close to 12 million Kg from the landfills, in 2016. This year we are meeting our non-profit’s target of further reducing our waste every year. In 2017, we opened the Impact Centre in Edmonton, our new sustainability hub, which has allowed us to expand our recycling operations. The Impact Centre is home to Goodwill’s only outlet store in Alberta - which sells donated items by the pound. Goodwill is working towards a zero waste target by 2021.”

City of Thunder Bay

“To raise awareness in the community of changes we can make to reduce waste. The City provides free events and promotional activities for the public all week.

Multi-Materials Stewardship Board

MMSB is proud to be a provincial partner of Waste Reduction Week in Canada. MMSB is committed to advancing sustainable waste management with a focus on waste diversion and public education. The goal is to protect the long-term health and well-being of the environment and communities for all people of the province—now and in the future. In delivering its mandate, MMSB is responsible for two lines of business – Waste Diversion and Public Education.”

City of Kamloops

“As a municipality we recognize the growing concern over generating solid waste, and how all the energy, water and resources that are associated with the waste that we generate, ultimately affects the environment and the health of our community. In 2017, the City of Kamloops introduced event waste diversion stations at major events, diverting several tonnes of organic and recyclable material from the landfill. We also introduced waste diversion stations in several offices and encouraged staff to give up their personal waste bins. The City is upgrading the Kamloops Resource Recovery Centre to help divert more construction-type material and we have recently purchased a mobile app with the waste wizard to help educate residents on ways to reduce and divert waste from landfill. Looking forward to 2018 and beyond we will be working with the Thompson Nicola Regional District through the Solid Waste Management Plan to increase waste diversion and reduce waste through various initiatives.

Ste. Anne's Spa

“Ste. Anne's Spa has always had as part of its identity a respect for our local ecosystem, and we continue to grow, in our knowledge and actions, towards a healthy harmony with our natural environment. Ste. Anne's has especially focused this past year on a waste reduction project, including regular waste audits, a "Green Team" representing the whole organization, an ongoing clothing/fabric recycling initiative, and improved staff training in recycling and green practices.”

Eat Local Sudbury Cooperative

“We are a non-profit co-operative grocery store working to strengthen our local food system and support local ecological farming and production practices in the interests of health, sustainability, and fair business practices. Though our city does not currently provide composting services for businesses, we have partnered with a local organisation in a pilot project to divert food waste to be transformed into organic compost to be donated to local community garden projects. We also use our communications and social media platforms to give tips to our followers on how to reduce household food waste.”

A Greener Future

“Our nonprofit focuses on litter cleanup and prevention. We've found that the best way to prevent litter is to reduce waste and stop litter at its source. To help reduce waste we run our organization under zero waste principles and we divert waste by sending all the items we collect during litter cleanups to the right place whether that's the recycling plant, landfill, or TerraCycle.”

The Corporation of the Township of Tiny

“The Township of Tiny is was recognized as the first Blue Community in Ontario and the third in all of Canada. In order to become a Blue Community, a municipality must recognize water as a human right, ban the sale of bottled water in civic spaces and support the public ownership of water utilities.”

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (National)

“We have a Green Team in CMHC, in every region. We try to sensibilise and bring awareness to reduce waste and have better habits towards the environment. We believe that every act can help. Here is our plan for the WRW: Monday Oct 16th – Publish how to divert print /fax to email Tuesday Oct 17th – Compost Launch in the service nooks Wednesday Oct 18th-Water Bottle Swap Campaign Thursday Oct 19th -No Waste Lunch Friday Oct 20th - Electric Car Parking Awareness”

City of Barrie, Ontario

“The generation of solid waste and the needless waste of water and energy resources are recognized as global environmental problems. Municipalities have an important role to play in promoting waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and other conservation measures.

John Wise Public School

“Our school is a Platinum Level Eco Certified School and have committed to staying keen and going green. We have a very active Green Team (of which I am the teacher leader/coach). We already do a 4 tier recycling and composting waste diversion system at school and use G.O.O.S and scrap paper bins. We will be promoting our school to reflect and improve upon our paper use and waste production. We want to see our lunches produce less garbage and recycling by increasing the use of reusable containers. We also want to divert our paper towels into the city green bin composting program as our onsite compost digesters are maxed out by our organic waste. We are approaching our City Council about this. We will also promote less food waste.”

The Corporation of the Township of Dubreuilville

“We recognize the benefits of waste reduction and we are trying to educate the residents of our little town to be responsible consumers and to chose more environmental responsible products/services that will divert more waste from disposal and conserve natural resources. For example we are getting more residents to recycle.”

The Corporation of the Municipality of Sioux Lookout, Ontario

“The Municipality of Sioux Lookout's Environment Committee brought the proclamation request to Mayor Lawrance. During that week, it is intended for people through social networking, to share ideas or experiences on how they reduce their own waste.”

PragmaTech Waste Solutions

“PragmaTech Waste Solutions is dedicated to the promotion of environmental stewardship. As active members of the waste industry, transparency is our core value as we conduct ourselves with honesty, integrity and sincerity in all aspects of our work. PragmaTech uses an integrated systems approach to leverage the power of people, process, technology, and equipment to divert more waste, capture more recyclables, achieve corporate goals, and be compliant with legislation. Our mission is to work with you to build more sustainable environments. We practice what we preach to lead the way for our clients. PragmaTech will help to reduce and divert waste from the following actions: 1. Our company will conduct a waste-free lunch to encourage waste reduction 2. Promote Waste Reduction Week to all our clients 3. Continue to practice paper reduction strategies (sending e-documents, using duplex printing, reusing scrap paper, etc.) 4. Host a textile drive for all employees 5. Continue to promote current waste diversion programs (light bulbs, batteries, ink/toner cartridges, chip bags/candy wrappers, etc.)”

Canadian Blood Services (National)

"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'."

Agents of Discovery

"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."

City of Calgary, Alberta

"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."

Town of Grand Coulee, Saskatchewan

"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."

Wolseley Residents Association (Manitoba)

"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."

City of Toronto, Ontario

"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."

Municipality of Dysart et al, Ontario

"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"