Waste Reduction Week – Plastics Thursday – October 21st
Waste Reduction Week – Plastics Thursday
Day 4 of Waste Reduction Week and today is about highlighting how the circular economy can reduce the use and waste of plastics; motivate improved recyclability of plastic goods; and increase the value of recycled plastic by improving product design, use, and end of life management.
On this day, we focus our recognition and celebration of champions that support the need to reduce plastic waste and are doing their part to take action.
Since the 1950s 8.3 billion tons of plastic has been generated around the world and only 23 per cent of those plastics have been recovered or recycled. It is estimated that an additional 12 billion tonnes of plastic will be lost to disposal by 2050.
Did you know that some shampoo bottles, shoes and other materials are being produced using plastic waste recovered from oceans? You can now build a deck with recycled plastic lumber and buy boots made from plastic water bottles. Join us on Thursday to learn more about how companies are turning plastic waste into a business opportunity.
As Alberta’s voice for the circular economy, The Recycling Council of Alberta is working with leaders across the province and the country to end plastic waste and pollution. The RCA co-chairs the Plastics Alliance of Alberta whose members are committed to finding solutions to manage plastics and keep them out of the environment while contributing to economic opportunities and growth. We are also committed to the Canada Plastics Pact, joining 70+ other national leaders to set ambitious targets and make real progress to advance solutions to manage plastic.
Get involved this #WasteReductionWeek!
- Participate in Events
- Proclaim Waste Reduction Week
- Light a local landmark blue & green
- Take the Food Waste Pledge
- Learn about the program themes
- Share ideas, tips, and stories on social media #WasteReductionWeek
Check out these Waste Reduction Week events in Alberta
- St. Albert Waste Reduction Week Scavenger Hunt
- Edmonton Public Library & City of Edmonton: Food Waste and Compost Basics
- Online Cooking Workshop from The Airdrie Foodbank in Partnership with The City of Airdrie
- Talking Trash: Let’s Talk About Food Waste Webinar in Partnership with Calgary Public Library
Check out the Grande Prairie Sundial as it’s lit up all week!
Waste Reduction Week Resources:
- Municipality Resources
- Business Resources
- School Resources
- Calgary Board of Education: Waste-free and Boomerang Lunches
- Provincial Resources
- Plastic Action Centre
For more information on how you can get involved visit these links:
Watch your inbox tomorrow for more information about the theme of Food Waste Friday and help The Recycling Council of Alberta celebrate our environmental efforts and achievements while encouraging new innovative ideas and solutions working towards advancing a circular economy.