Waste Reduction Week in Canada
October 21-27, 2013
Albertans celebrated Waste Reduction Week in Canada
from October 15-21, 2012
Waste Reduction Week (WRW) in Canada was developed by a coalition of 13 recycling councils and sister organizations from across Canada and is delivered the third week of October each year. The Program’s goal is to inform Canadians about the environmental and social ramifications of wasteful practices. WRW uses its “take action” messaging to empower all Canadians to adopt more environmentally-conscious choices. WRW provides Canadians with information and ideas to reduce waste in all facets of daily living, creating solutions to the many environmental challenges we face.
Find more information at Waste Reduction Week across Canada and download resource kits and posters.
Triple StaRs Grade 4 Waste Reduction Challenge
Triple StaRs Waste Reduction Challenge is a great way for Grade 4 classes in Alberta to find practical ways to reduce waste during Waste Reduction Week and throughout the year. The challenge has been designed to easily fit into regular classroom planning and is a great fit with the Waste in Our World curriculum. Click here to download the final report on the 2012 Triple StaRs program.
Congratulations to the winning Grade 4 classrooms at Greenfield School in Edmonton, Wye School in Sherwood Park, and Colonel Walker School in Calgary.
Recycle My Cell Challenge for Students
Recycle My Cell, Canada’s cell phone recycling program, wants to support Waste Reduction Week in Canada (WRW) by making sure that all old and out-of-use cell phones, smartphones, wireless PDAs, pagers, as well as their batteries and accessories, are properly recycled.
Canadian students from kindergarten to post-secondary are challenged to recycle as many old wireless devices and accessories as possible between October 15 and November 15, 2012. In addition to doing a good thing for the environment, students could also win $500 for their school to use for green initiatives! For more information, and to sign up, click here. Congratulations to Holyrood Elementary School in Edmonton, Alberta, for being one of the winners of the 2012 Recycle My Cell Challenge.
Check out last year's Municipal Toolkit for suggestions and ideas on how to celebrate Waste Reduction Week in your community. Topics include:
Promote Waste Reduction Week in Your Community, Office or School!
Check out our graphic resources that you can use to promote your event. You can use promotional graphics to add colour to your posters, advertisements, emails and publications.
Proclaim Waste Reduction Week in Your Community or School
Let us know if your school or municipality has made a proclamation.
The following Alberta municipalities and schools have proclaimed October 15-21, 2012 to be Waste Reduction Week:
- City of Grande Prairie
- Rocky View County
- Strathcona County
- Ecole Mountview Elementary, Red Deer
- Rimbey Christian School, Rimbey
- Vermilion Elementary, Vermilion
- W O Mitchell School, Calgary
Past WRW Campaigns
Check out what was going on for Waste Reduction Week in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004.
For more information on the Recycling Council of Alberta's involvement in Waste Reduction Week email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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