Waste Reduction Week 2016

Waste Reduction Week in Canada 2016

Welcome to Waste Reduction Week in Canada, held this year from October 17-23, 2016.

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.

This year, we want to challenge you to reduce your ecological footprint through the actions and activities located in this section, and hope to inspire you to come up with your own, unique, creative ways to reduce waste. Share your ideas with us with through the hashtag #WRW2016 or click the "Get Involved" button to proclaim your commitment on making a difference!

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Check out our 2016 Waste Reduction Week Resources: 

News | VideosInfographics | Tips | Downloads | Get Involved! 

Keep Up to Date on the Latest During WRW2016!

Check back here often and follow RCBC's Twitter page (@RecyclingBC) for the latest tips, news, and happenings leading up to and during Waste Reduction Week! 


Each day during #WRW2016, RCBC will be releasing a video on tips around everyday waste reduction!

Day 1: Rethinking Paper Towels
Day 2: Choosing Chopsticks
Day 3: Disposable Coffee Cups
Day 4: Produce Bags
Day 5: Straws 


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, updated with the latest facts and figures!

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! 

WRW2016 Tip of the Day Series

#WRW2016 is over, but the tips linked in this infographic apply anytime, anywhere. Let's work to make every week Waste Reduction Week!

#WRW2016 Tip of the Day Series 

RCBC presents Tip of the Day series during #WRW2016, daily resources to help you rethink and reduce waste.

Monday: Declutter Your Life
Tuesday: Get Creative At Home!
Wednesday: Shop Smart, Plan Ahead
Thursday: Take a Daily Challenge
Friday: Spread the Word! 

Show Your Support for #WRW2016

This year, RCBC has developed a poster series for your school, office, or home for you to show off your commitment to waste reduction. Showcase your favourite (Click name to download) and spread the word! 

WRW 2016 Poster Team Cup Vs Team Cone Recycling Electronics Paperless Coffee Break BC Recyclepedia
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Team Cup Vs. Team Cone Recycling Your Electronics Paperless Coffee Break You Can Recycle That!

Or download one of these buttons to feature on your website and email signatures!

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Get Involved! 

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