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Waste Reduction Week (October 17, 2005)

Monday, October 17, 2005, marks the start of Waste Reduction Week in Canada. The organizing partners of Waste Reduc...


Monday, October 17, 2005, marks the start of Waste Reduction Week in Canada. The organizing partners of Waste Reduction Week in Canada 2005 have planned an exciting week and are gearing up for an exciting year.

Schools, businesses and communities across Canada will be recognizing Canada’s need to reduce its waste. Celebrated in each of the 13 provinces and territories, Waste Reduction Week in Canada sends a message with its "Too Good To Waste" theme, that Canadians need to adopt waste-free ways of living.

"Waste Reduction Week in Canada is meant to remind us as Canadians that we have many choices in our everyday lives that when made with care, can minimize our impacts on the earth," says Jo-Anne St. Godard, spokesperson for the program. "The week is about recognizing the improvements we’ve made and never forgetting that simple everyday changes make the greatest impact."

According to Statistics Canada 2002 survey, Canadians generated more than 31 million tonnes of waste, of which, only 22 per cent was diverted through recycling.

"The keys to solving the waste issue is reduction, through waste conscious purchasing choices, taking advantage of public transit, influencing colleagues, clients, suppliers at work and teaching our kids by example," says St. Godard. "True leadership is established by action."

Waste Reduction Week, held this year from October 17 to 23, is organized by a coalition of non-government, not-for-profit environment groups from each of the thirteen provinces and territories across Canada. Since 2001, Waste Reduction Week in Canada has aimed to inform and engage Canadians through the theme "Too Good to Waste."

For further information on how to get involved, visit the Waste Reduction Week in Canada website at www.wrwcanada.com or contact WRW Coordinator Darlene Hartung at wrw@rco.on.ca or by calling 416-657-2797 ext 5.


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