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Waste Reduction Week

October 17th annually

Waste Reduction Week began in 2002, and continues its decades-long legacy during the third week of October! Explore a different theme each day to celebrate themes including innovation, plastics, food waste, and more.

 For educator resources on waste reduction go to week 3 - Waste Reduction Week in Canada and Green Action Centre.

  • Become a Young Reporter for the Environment (YRE) by investigating and reporting, through writing, video and photography, what your school is doing to reduce waste. Students aged 11 to 18 can enter their reporting in YRE Canada’s national environmental journalism competition.
  • Challenge your classroom, school, or community to avoid single-use plastics for a whole week in the Plastic Bag Grab Challenge.
  • Learn about what your school and your family can do to safely keep battery waste out of landfills at call2recycle.
  • Do you know how much food gets wasted? To find out, take the food waste quiz.