Waste Reduction Week

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Waste Reduction Week October 19-25, 2020 Was a Big Hit!

Waste Reduction Week (WRW) in Canada was developed by a coalition of 13 recycling councils and sister organizations from across Canada and is delivered the third week of October each year. The Program’s goal is to inform Canadians about the environmental and social ramifications of wasteful practices. WRW uses its “take action” messaging to empower all Canadians to adopt more environmentally-conscious choices. WRW provides Canadians with information and ideas to reduce waste in all facets of daily living, creating solutions to the many environmental challenges we face.

This year – many Alberta communities and organizations came together to promote WRW.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Airdrie Waste and Recycling Services: WRW at Airdrie Public Library, Monday October 19-Monday October 16th, 2020. Six education stations about reducing food waste. In partnership with GoodWill, there will be two education stations and a mannequin about textile recycling.

Calgary Board of Education: Waste-free and Boomerang Lunches

City of Lethbridge:  Webinar on Kitchen Waste on Thursday, Oct.22 and prizes for the Leftovers Challenge: More info:  https://www.lethbridge.ca/living-here/Waste-Recycling/Pages/WasteReductionWeek.aspx

October 22, 7pm: LIVE Goodwill Virtual Sustainability Show. Inspired by local upcyclers, thrifting artisans, and businesses who transform thrifted goods from Goodwill into something extraordinary! Viewers are sent a zoom link and will tune in once the show gets underway. Reserve your spot today – visit  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_L35dWUgXTP6RSBFSg-OVjA.”

Hashtags: #WRWAB and #WasteReductionWeek

Communities also showed support by submitting a proclamation!

Waste reduction efforts can take place year round! Organizing waste reduction events is also an excellent way to engage your community in the 3Rs and waste reduction. Any organization, school, community, or business can register an event.  Popular events include: waste-free lunches in both schools and offices, hosting waste collection drives (hazardous waste, textiles, or electronics), and free documentary screenings and information sessions. Register your event so that people in your community can find your event and attend it.


Find more information at Waste Reduction Week in Canada and download resource kits and posters.


Triple StaRs Grade 4 Waste Reduction Challenge

Triple StaRs Waste Reduction Challenge is a great way for Grade 4 classes in Alberta to find practical ways to reduce waste during Waste Reduction Week and throughout the year. The challenge has been designed to easily fit into regular classroom planning and is a great fit with the Waste in Our World curriculum. For more information, please check out our Triple StaRs page.

Municipal Resource Kit

This resource will help your community get on the path to waste awareness and reduction!  Topics include:

  • Municipal Waste Reduction Programs in Canada
  • WRW Municipal Proclamation
  • Conduct a Waste Assessment
  • Waste Reduction Action Plans
  • Investigating Green Procurement
  • Green Events

For more information, please visit Waste Reduction Week in Canada.

School Resource Kit

This resource will help your school get on the path to waste awareness and reduction!  Topic include:

  • How Waste Aware is Your School?
  • Conduct a Waste Assessment
  • Formulating an Action Plan
  • Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!
  • Investigating Environmental Purchasing
  • Classroom Activities for Waste Reduction Week in Canada
  • Planning Your Waste Reduction Week Activities

Go to the Waste Reduction Week in Canada website to see tools for classroom activities and more.

City of Calgary Food Reduction Lesson Plan

Calgary Board of Education – Boomerang Lunches

Business Resource Kit

This resource will help your small or medium enterprise get on the path to waste awareness and reduction!  Topic include:

  • Conduct a Waste Assessment
  • Create a Waste Reduction Action Plan
  • Reduce
  • Reuse
  • Recycle
  • Sustainable Purchasing
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Other Concepts and Tools

Visit the Waste Reduction Week in Canada website for more information.

Proclaim Waste Reduction Week in Your Community or School

Let us know if your school or municipality has made a proclamation.