Waste Reduction Week

Waste Reduction Week is October 21-27, 2019

Did you know that Canadians produce more than 31 million tonnes of waste annually?* That’s 2.7kgs per person per day!

Most of our waste ends up buried in landfills. For waste to decompose in a healthy environment, such as your compost pile, it requires air and water. These are not present deep in the landfill. Water that drains through the landfill picks up dissolved solids as it goes, which may end up in our groundwater system, not to mention landfills creates greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide.

It is up to each of us as individuals, communities, schools or businesses to consider what we are throwing away and the environmental impact this is causing.

As part of Waste Reduction Week in Canada, whether you are at home, at school or at work, think about how you can reduce, reuse or recycle your waste.

* Statistics Canada, Environment Accounts and Statistics Division

Reducing your waste

Did you know the three Rs of waste management are in order of importance? Reduce and Reuse before you Recycle. Reusing saves energy, money and landfill space.

Tips for waste reduction

  • Start an “eat me first” bin in your fridge for items that need to be eaten before they go bad
  • Pack lunches with containers not baggies
  • When you go out for dinner bring a reusable container for leftovers
  • Buy a pack of reusable cutlery, chop sticks and straws that you can take with you to avoid single use plastic
  • Use reusable silicone baking cups when making cupcakes, or at least paper wrappers vs foil so they can be composted
  • Buy products with minimal packaging and reuse whenever possible
  • Bring your mesh bag for produce
  • Shop at local thrift stores
  • Give gifts of experience instead of items
  • Have a reusable water bottle and keep it in the fridge for easy access

Can’t reduce? Reuse first

  • Donate lightly used goods to charity, or trade them with neighbours
  • Wrap gifts with reusable materials rather than wrapping paper
  • Join the upcycling sites on Facebook
  • Use reusable shopping bags
  • Go to a tailor to fix that zipper on your jacket
  • Fix your electronics or vacuum at the repair store

Can't reuse? Recycle

  • Practice the Green Routine, Strathcona County’s weekly waste collection service


well worn red converse shoes

3rd Annual Waste Reduction Week shoe drive challenge

In celebration of Waste Reduction Week, Strathcona County partnered with Waste Connections of Canada, to host a shoe drive for schools within Strathcona County. 

During the week of October 15 - 19 students at 29 participating schools brought in shoes of any make, size and condition for a chance to win some great prizes.

The results are in for this years shoe drive! Over 12,200 shoes were collected this year!  Over the past three years the schools have helped to keep over 37,000 pairs of shoes out of the landfill and instead put them into the hands of those who need them.

Great job everyone!

You can also recycle your shoes at various locations in Strathcona county.

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Last updated: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
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