Waste Reduction Week in Canada

October 19-25 is Waste Reduction Week in Canada 2020!

The purpose of #WasteReductionWeek in Canada is to celebrate our environmental efforts and achievements while encouraging new innovative ideas and solutions.  Waste Reduction Week is focused on the principles of circular economy, resource efficiency, and waste reduction.  The program's messaging is 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.

Celebrate Waste Reduction Week

Circular Economy - Monday, October 19

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What is a circular economy? Looking beyond the current take-make-waste extractive industrial model, a circular economy aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. It entails gradually decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources, and designing waste out of the system. Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources, the circular model builds economic, natural, and social capital. It is based on three principles:

  • Design out waste and pollution
  • Keep products and materials in use
  • Regenerate natural systems

Source: the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Textiles - Tuesday, October 20

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Did you know the average person throws away 37 kilograms of textiles each year, and 95 per cent of those clothes could be reused or recycled? Globally, textiles waste has increased dramatically due to the rise in clothing consumption and production.

Reduce textile waste by:

  • Practicing conscious consumption
  • Learning about the environmental impacts of clothing production
  • Repairing clothes before purchasing new
  • Repurposing clothes into new outfits and accessories
  • Extending the life of textiles through reuse: clothing swaps, shopping thrift, and donating clothes.

E-Waste - Wednesday, October 21

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Did you know that globally last year, the total amount of electronic waste reached 53.6 million metric tonnes? With such rapid advances in technology and endless new innovative products released every year, electronic waste will quickly become one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. 

Less waste can be produced through circular approaches to product design, business models, and procurement. Circularity can be built into products right at the design phase, ensuring they can be repaired, re-used, recycled or returned - keeping them out of landfill, and keeping our resources in the ground.

Plastics - Thursday, October 22

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Head to the Plastics Action Centre for even more resources!

Food Waste - Friday, October 23

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Canadians are throwing out more food than they realize – food that could, at one point, have been eaten!

  • 63% of the food Canadians throw away could have been eaten.
  • For the average Canadian household that amounts to 140 kilograms of wasted food per year – at a cost of more than $1,100 per year!
  • For Canada as a whole, that amounts to almost 2.2 million tonnes of edible food wasted each year, costing Canadians in excess of $17 billion!
  • All types of food are wasted, but in Canada the most prominently wasted foods by weight are:
    • Vegetables: 30%
    • Fruit: 15%
    • Leftovers: 13%
    • Bread and Bakery: 9%
    • Dairy and Eggs: 7%

Source: Love Food Hate Waste Canada

Sharing Economy - Saturday, October 24

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Access over ownership and the sharing economy are important pillars that contribute to a circular economy.

By shifting to access over ownership, the responsibility falls to manufacturers to make longer lasting and more efficient products that are designed with repair and reuse as primary considerations.

Millions of Canadians engage in the sharing economy everyday - through ride sharing apps, libraries, rental services, online music/ video streaming and more - often not realizing their contribution to the circular economy.

Swap & Repair - Sunday, October 25

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Swap & Repair Sunday shows Canadians how simple it can be to extend the life of everyday products, and encourages them to take part in events in their community, school, or workplace to find new life for their unwanted or damaged products and textiles.

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