A one-week trial could reshape the way you deal with garbage for the rest of your life.
At least that’s the aim of Waste Reduction Week, which runs from October 15 to 21, 2012. Canadians are challenged to devise creative and effective ways to reduce their waste output.
“Some of these actions could include refilling your morning coffee mug, refusing a shopping bag at the checkout, or buying in bulk to reduce packaging," says the Executive Director of the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO), Jo-Anne St. Godard, in a statement about Waste Reduction Week.
"As Canadians we already understand the importance of a healthy environment, but sometimes we forget that our everyday actions are a statement of those beliefs,” St. Godard added.
According to the RCO, each Canadian throws out approximately 757 kilograms of trash per year, more than the weight of eight adult men. As a country, is equates to more than 26 billion kilograms of waste output per year.
“…And communities are struggling to find ways to dispose of that waste—much more than other countries of Canada's size and wealth," St. Godard added.
Waste Reduction Week encourages businesses to come together with unique —even fun— waste management events. For example, some schools are holding waste-free lunches; communities are conducting special recycling collection activities; and one organization is even having a "Re-Funk Your Junk" contest.
Waste Reduction Week's National Sponsor, Recycle My Cell, is hosting a contest for Canadian schools and post-secondary institutions to collect and recycle as many old wireless devices as possible.
Waste Reduction Week in Canada is organized by a coalition of non-governmental, non-profit groups and government organizations from each of the 13 provinces and territories across Canada.