Since 2001 the Waste Reduction Week in Canada campaign has engaged Canadians to better understand the issues of waste and the opportunities they have to accelerate our transition to a circular economy. Starting with a focus on recycling education and collection events, it has now expanded into a month-long celebration.
Waste Reduction Week looks at the waste reduction component of a circular economy. The week is structured into seven daily themes that focus the discussion, promote achievements, and celebrate advancements in each area:
Circular Economy Innovators Monday
Monday’s programming has evolved! Circular Economy Innovators Monday showcases new and innovative circular economy stories and the organizations that are championing this new concept. These businesses showcase how the circular economy advances resource efficiencies, cost savings, and waste reduction.
Textiles Tuesday raises awareness on the environmental consequences of clothing and textiles consumption, and provides information on how you can extend the life of your clothing and make more sustainable choices.
E-waste is quickly becoming one of the largest waste streams around the world. It’s crucial to design circularity into a product from the beginning and carry that thinking all the way through to the end of its working life. Learn facts and stats here.
Find out how the circular economy can reduce the use and waste of plastics. Understand how recyclability of plastic goods can improve. And discover how the value of recycled plastic can be increased by improving product design, use, and end-of-life management. On Plastics Thursday, we recognize and celebrate champions that support and are taking action on plastic waste reduction.
Food Waste Friday
Take the pledge and commit to making choices that will keep your food from becoming waste. Learn about how much food goes to waste in Canada and what you can do to rescue food at home.
Sharing Economy Saturday
Millions of Canadians engage in the sharing economy everyday. Learn how important it is in the transition to a circular economy and how you can participate!
Swap and Repair Sunday
To wrap up the week, Canadians from coast to coast will engage with the theme swap and repair. Find out how these very simple yet important pillars of the circular economy can have a huge impact and what you can do to support it!