Waste Reduction Week (WRW) in Canada was founded by multiple recycling councils and environmental organizations in the mid-1980s and formalized by the Recycling Council of Ontario in 2001.
WRW focuses on the principles of a circular economy, resource efficacy, and waste reduction. The program provides educational resources and ‘take action’ messages to empower Canadians to reduce waste in all aspects of life.
Did you know that 58% of food produced in Canada is wasted or lost each year? That is equal to 35.5 million tonnes. 32% or 11.2 million tonnes could be rescued to support communities across Canada (equivalent to the weight of almost 95 CN Towers).
Simple ways to reduce waste can be to buy what you need, compost what you throw out, use reusable water bottles and coffee mugs, repair items vs discard, reusable bags, buy in bulk to avoid double packaged items, and avoid single use plastics.
Mining and refining of natural resources and the manufacturing of goods require energy, space, and financial resources.
When consumers recycle items or repurpose rather than buy new continuously, this reduces the amount that goes into producing the product, effectively reducing pollution emissions, landfill space, the demand for resources and money. Check out wrwcanada.com for additional resources, seminars, educational videos and more.