Waste Reduction Week

Waste Reduction Week in Canada - October 16-22, 2017

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.

wrw-logo2016-e-200xFind more information at Waste Reduction Week in Canada and download resource kits and posters.


New for 2017 - Theme days!

Each day of Waste Reduction Week will have an associated theme. Participants have the option to support areas that are most important to them or learn about a new issue.

Monday October 16th: Circular Economy

The RCA will post an article to promote the movement towards a Circular Economy and an example of a success story in Alberta. Read the story here!

Tuesday October 17th: Textile Tuesday

Good news! Calgary Tower will lit up blue and green on October 17th to promote awareness about WRW in Canada (http://www.calgarytower.com/explore-calgary/ledlighting/lighting-schedule/).  If you would like to show your commitment to WRW we invite you to dress blue and green on October 17th and post it on our social medias.

Read our Textile Tuesday stories here.

Wednesday October 18th: Celebrating Champions & Innovators

The RCA will post a story of someone in our community or an organization making big gains in waste reduction. Read the story here.

Thursday October 19th: Plastics

The RCA will post local stories of how companies are creating business opportunities by reducing and recycling plastic waste. Read the story here.

Friday October 20th: Food waste

The RCA will encourage our communities to take the food waste pledge. For more information please visit http://wrwcanada.com/en/food-waste-pledge. We will post meal planning, and ideas on how to reduce food waste. We will also promote the Waste-Free Lunch Challenge.  This challenge is open to elementary and secondary schools across Canada.  For more information please visit http://www.wastefreelunch.com/

Read our Food Waste Friday story here.

Saturday & Sunday October 21-22: Swap, Share, Repair

On the weekend of Waste Reduction Week, the RCA will encourage Albertans to think about the lifecycle of their material. We will post articles on sustainable consumption, the sharing economy, and extending the life of materials through reuse.

Keep up to date with all that is going on during Waste Reduction Week 2017 by following @3RsAB and through the RCA Facebook page. Let us know what you are doing and feel free to use #WasteReductionWeek as we ramp up to the actual week.

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 Toolkit

This resource will help your community get on the path to waste awareness and reduction!  Topic 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.

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.

If you are interested in becoming involved with any of the WRW campaigns, contact RCA Projects & Outreach Coordinator, Paulina Retamales, at 780.405.1146 or paulina@recycle.ab.ca