Waste Reduction Week 2020 - October 19-25

The 19th annual Waste Reduction Week in Canada runs October 19-25, 2020!

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This year for Waste Reduction Week, RCBC is going #BackToBasics! We're celebrating the 3Rs as we get used to a new normal with COVID-19. Are you doing more shopping online? Cooking more at home? Ordering take out meals? Let's get back to basics, and learn how we can continue to work towards zero waste while focussing on reducing, reusing and recycling.

Since 2001, National Waste Reduction Week in Canada (WRW) has been organized by a coalition of non-government and not-for-profit environment groups from each of the 13 participating provincial and territorial jurisdictions across the country.

This year, we want to challenge you to reduce your ecological footprint and hope to inspire you to come up with your own, unique, creative ways to reduce waste.

Share your ideas and activities with us on social media channels with the hashtag #WasteReductionWeek or #WRW2020.

Click the "Submit an Event" and "Make a Pledge" buttons to proclaim your commitment to make a difference!

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Keep Up to Date on the Latest During Waste Reduction Week 2020!

Check back here often and follow RCBC's Twitter page (@RecyclingBC) for the latest tips, news, and happenings leading up to and during Waste Reduction Week!

Use the #WasteReductionWeek hashtag to share your own waste reduction efforts!

Check out all the Municipalities that have already proclaimed #WasteReductionWeek! 

#WasteReductionWeek 2020 Theme Days and Spotlights

Sponsored by West Coast Reduction

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  • Monday, Oct 19: The Circular Economy
  • Tuesday, Oct 20: Textiles
  • Wednesday, Oct 21: E-waste
  • Thursday, Oct 22: Plastics
  • Friday, Oct 23: Food Waste
  • Saturday, Oct 24: Sharing Economy
  • Sunday, Oct 25: Swap and Repair

#WasteReductionWeek 2020 posters -- The Back to Basics Series!

RCBC has developed posters for your school, office, or home so you can show off your commitment to waste reduction. Download your favourite and spread the word! 

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Share these tips on reducing waste with your Instagram followers!

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Spread the word on the 3R's: REDUCE, REUSE, & RECYCLE!

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Waste Reduction Week Spotlights

West Coast Reduction Spotlight

West Coast Reduction recycles inedible food by-products to create a wide range of useful products, contributing to a sustainable local food system, cleaner communities, and a circular economy.  (View I Download)

Green Chair Recycling Spotlight

Green Chair Recycling was the 2020 RCBC Environmental Awards Winner in the Private Sector Category. Check out what they do here! (View I Download)

Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Spotlight

Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society has been educating the public through their Wastewise and Waterwise programs since 1996.  (View I Download)

Ecotrain Case Recovery Spotlight

The Eco-Train Case Recovery Program is focused on tackling plastic waste by partnering with retailers to take back obsolete phone cases! Learn about the program here! (View I Download)

YVR Intuitive AI Spotlight

Last year, YVR partnered with Intuitive AI to feature OSCAR, the smart waste bin that educates the public on recycling right. Learn about OSCAR's impact here! (View I Download)

Check out these resources on recycling, EPR programs, circular economy and more!

History of Recycling BC

BC has come a long way when it comes to recycling! Check out the major waste reduction milestones in the province's history. (View I Download)

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Check out this guide for facts on many of BC's stewardship programs! (View I Download)

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What is the Circular Economy? Learn how it represents a different approach to the "take-make-toss" model of doing things! (View I Download)

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Composting food scraps properly helps fight climate change, save on precious landfill capacity, and replenishes soil fertility. Check out this infographic to learn what items to keep out of the Green Bin to ensure finished compost comes out great! (View I Download)


Looking for ideas? Click here for posters, programs and other ideas from past Waste Reduction Week campaigns.