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Waste Reduction Week in Canada
October 15-21, 2018

Waste Reduction Week in Canada is a national campaign aimed at building awareness around the issue of sustainable and responsible consumption. Focusing on the principles of circular economy, resource efficiency and waste reduction, this event will highlight seven different but related themes. Participants may choose to explore one or several of these themes during the week-long celebration.

Waste Reduction Week provides students and teachers from across Canada with an excellent opportunity to explore the social, economic and environmental impacts of waste and to take action to reduce, reuse and recycle waste within their own communities.

 

Why Care about Waste Reduction? 

  • Across Canada it costs more than $1.5 billion per year to dispose of garbage
  • There are well over 10,000 landfill sites in Canada.
  • Landfill sites account for about 38% of Canada's total methane emissions
  • A plastic bag will take approximately 400 years to break down in a landfill
  • 70% of land-filled waste could be either reused or recycled
  • 5 billion drink boxes are thrown away each year in North America. In a lifetime, the average Canadian will throw away 600 x his or her adult weight in garbage.
  • A 68 kg adult will leave a legacy of 40,825 kg of trash.
  • By the age of 6 months the average Canadian has consumed the same quantity of resources as the average person in the developing world consumes in a lifetime.

  • E-waste is the fastest growing source of waste in North America

  • Only 11% of e-waste is recycled

  • Most e-waste is shipped overseas or land-filled, where chemicals such as lead and mercury can leach into the groundwater and soil.

Resources 4 Rethinking encourages students and teachers to participate in Waste Reduction Week and offers a number of resources to help explore this year’s themes.

For more information and activities be sure to check out the Waste Reduction Week in Canada website.