Waste Reduction Week in Canada - October 18-24, 2021

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Celebrate the 20th annual Waste Reduction Week in Canada!

Waste Reduction Week 2021

This October, RCBC is excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Waste Reduction Week in Canada! This year’s theme: Then - Now - Future. We invite you to join us as we reflect on the past two decades of waste reduction initiatives and look ahead at ways to strive towards a more circular future!

What is Waste Reduction Week?

Since 2001, National Waste Reduction in Canada has been organized by a coalition of non-government and not-for-profit environmental groups from each of the 13 participating provincial and territorial jurisdictions across the country. Every year, we challenge businesses, organizations, and individuals to reduce their ecological footprint and to come up with unique and creative ways to reduce waste. 

What can You Do?

  • PROCLAIM. Profile your dedication to waste reduction to your community. Check back to see which municipalities have officially proclaimed their commitment towards Waste Reduction Week.
  • PLEDGE. Learn about food waste and take action by taking the Food Waste Pledge! If you are an elementary school or classroom taking the Pledge, take the Pledge for Kids.
  • PROMOTE. Register your waste reduction event or activity so that people across Canada can find and attend it! 

Use the hashtag #WasteReductionWeek to spread your waste reduction ideas and activities on social media channels! Check back here often and follow RCBC's Twitter page (@RecyclingBC) for the latest tips, news, and happenings throughout Waste Reduction Week!

#WasteReductionWeek Theme Days

Social Sharables

Feel free to download the following resource to spread the word around Waste Reduction Week in Canada, and check back often for new resources!

Waste Reduction Week Posters (Click to enlarge & download)

WRW 2021 Poster 1 WRW 2021 Poster 2 WRW 2021 Poster 3

Instagram Theme Day Sharables

WRW Circular Mondays

1. Circular Economy Monday

WRW Textile Tuesdays

2. Textile Tuesday

E Waste Wednesday

3. E-Waste Wednesday

Plastics Thursdays

4. Plastics Thursday

Food Waste Friday

5. Food Waste Friday

Sharing Economy Saturday

6. Sharing Economy Saturday

Swap and Repair Sunday

7. Swap and Repair Sunday

WRW 2021 Instagram

8. #WasteReductionWeek


Twitter Word Clouds 

Add your own watermark or logo on the following word clouds and spread the word around #WasteReductionWeek!

WRW Word Cloud 1 WRW 2021 Word Cloud 2
 WRW 2021 Word Cloud 3 WRW 2021 Word Cloud 4 


Check out the following resources on recycling, EPR programs, circular economy and more!

Waste Reduction Week Spotlights (Upcoming!)

Stay tuned for features during Waste Reduction Week on companies and organizations that are working to reduce waste and create a more sustainable future! 


Learn more about the recycling, composting, and the circular economy through the following infographics!

BC Recycling History Banner

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

BC EPR Programs

Check out this guide for facts on many of BC's stewardship programs! (View I Download)

Why a Circular Economy Banner

What is the Circular Economy? Learn how it represents a different approach to the "take-make-toss" model of doing things! (View I Download)

Composting Just the Facts

Composting properly helps fight climate change, save on precious landfill capacity, and replenishes soil fertility. Learn the various types of composting along with tips in this infographic. (View I Download)

18 Banned Green Bin Items

Not sure if something should go in your green bin? Check out this infographic to learn what items to exclude to ensure finished compost comes out great! (View I Download)


Looking for more ideas? Click here for posters, programs, and resources from past Waste Reduction Week campaigns!