Waste Reduction Week 2016

Welcome to Waste Reduction Week in Canada, held this year from October 17-23 2016. We want to challenge you to reduce your ecological footprint through the actions and activities located in this section. And we hope to inspire you to come up with your own, unique, creative ways to reduce waste.  

Since 2001, National Waste Reduction Week in Canada (WRW) has been organized by a coalition of non-government, not-for-profit environment groups, including RCBC, from each of the 13 participating provincial and territorial jurisdictions across Canada.

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Check out our 2015 Waste Reduction Week Resources: 

News | Infographics | Tips | Downloads | Get Involved! 

Keep Up to Date on the Latest During WRW2015!

Check back here often and follow RCBC's Twitter page (@RecyclingBC) for the latest tips, news, and happenings around Waste Reduction Week! Read our Waste Reduction Week Media Release, with a quote from BC's Minister of Environment, the Hon. Mary Polak. 


Check out these easy to read resources on recycling, EPR programs, organics management and more! 

History of Recycling BC

BC has come a long way when it comes to recycling! Check out the major waste reduction milestones in the province's history.

BC EPR Banner

Not sure what's accepted for recycling in BC? Check out this guide for existing programs plus some fun factoids!

Organics Banner

Several regional districts, including Metro Vancouver, have banned food waste from the garbage. Find out why organics diversion is important!

The Sharing Economy

With the growing popularity of car-shares and airbnb, the sharing economy is coming to the fore. Check out some local examples of it in action with this infographic! 

Circular Economy Banner

The circular economy represents an alternative to the predominant linear “take-make-dispose” economy of production and consumption. Check back during Waste Reduction Week to see the case for switching over! 


WRW Tip of the Day 2015 Series 

This year's tips of the day will focus on compostable organics waste. Come back each day from October 19-23 to discover great tips on how to reduce and divert food waste.


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Download a button to show off your commitment to Waste Reduction Week in Canada!

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OFFICIAL 2015 Waste Reduction Week Poster

WRW 2015 official poster

Download the poster in advance for your school, office, or home to show off your commitment to Waste Reduction Week!

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Get Involved! 

Looking for ideas? Click here for posters, programs and other ideas from past Waste Reduction Week campaigns.  


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Thank you to Waste Reduction Week in Canada's national sponsor RecycleMyCell.ca