Rethink garbage for Waste Reduction Week

Each Canadian throws out about 1670 lbs. or the weight of over 8 adult men every year

Waste Reduction Week in Canada is calling on Canadians to rethink how they consume and what they throw away.  Across Canada from October 15 to 21, schools, businesses, governments and individuals are challenged to change their habits and reduce their wastes.

“Each Canadian throws out about 1670 lbs. or the weight of over 8 adult men every year, and communities are struggling to find ways to dispose of that waste—much more than other countries of Canada’s size and wealth,” says Jo-Anne St. Godard, Spokesperson for Waste Reduction Week.

This Week inspires Canadians to take action and reduce their wastes in their own creative and effective ways.

“Waste Reduction Week is a perfect opportunity for all Canadians to make simple changes in their lives. 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 St. Godard. “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.”

All Canadians are welcomed to get involved by visiting the Waste Reduction Week in Canada website: For all registered events and community proclamations, visit

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.

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