The week of October 16-20 is Waste Reduction Week (WRW) in Canada. The Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) held its first annual Recycling Week (which later became Waste Reduction Week) in 1984. Later, in 2001, the RCO and its sister organizations from each of the thirteen participating provincial and territorial jurisdictions across Canada, collaborated to create this national event — Waste Reduction Week in Canada. Every year since, RCO has held the secretariat role for the Waste Reduction Week in Canada Steering Committee.
The WRW in Canada Program has been quite successful, and has enjoyed strong growth during its first years of development. In the past five years the number of participants in all three target audiences (schools, local governments and small- to medium-sized businesses) has more than doubled. More than 10,000 schools, 3,400 municipalities and 2,500 businesses received WRW resources and became participants of WRW in Canada in 2005.
On Thursday, October 19, the Recycling Council of Ontario hosts the 2006 Ontario Waste Minimization Awards, continuing a 23-year tradition of honouring those who demonstrate excellence and leadership in the creation of waste reduction/diversion initiatives. The awards are integrated into the celebration of Waste Reduction Week, when communities across the country are encouraged to promote the 3Rs principles and help others understand and adopt the benefits of waste free living.
The long-standing WRW theme of “Too Good to Waste” continues. The awards recognize provincial waste diversion champions in business, municipalities, institutions, education, not-for-profit, the media, as well as individuals.
This year’s awards will be held at the Old Mill in Toronto. To learn the details about Waste Reduction Week or to attend the awards, visit www.rco.on.ca