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Waste Reduction Week in Canada

Circular image showing different theme days for waste reduction week
Image courtesy of Waste Reduction Week in Canada.

Waste Reduction Week in Canada is a national campaign led by the Recycling Council of Ontario. It is a year-round campaign focused on the principles of circular economy, resource efficiency and waste. Each year, the third week of October focuses on celebrating environmental efforts and achievements and empowering Canadians to take action to adopt more environmentally conscious choices.

This year’s campaign takes place from Oct. 19 to 25 with different themes on each day:

Next year, Waste Reduction Week in Canada is celebrating its 20th year from Oct. 18-24, 2021. Check out a short video highlighting events held across Canada in 2019 for some ideas to start planning your campaign for 2021.

Video courtesy of Waste Reduction Week in Canada.

Single-use plastics

Plastic waste in Canada and around the world is a growing concern as plastic products are used in most sectors of the economy. According to a 2019 report produced for Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), plastic resin and product manufacturing sales in Canada totaled about $35 billion and employed 93,000 people. In 2016, about nine percent of plastic waste was recycled, four percent incinerated with energy recovery, 86 percent landfilled, and one percent (about 29,000 tonnes) leaked into the environment impacting wildlife, ecosystems, rivers, lakes and oceans.

Image of water bottle and statistic that none percent of plastics are recycled in Canada.
Image courtesy of Waste Reduction Week in Canada.

This month, ECCC released a report titled “Science assessment of plastic pollution” which stated that action is needed to reduce macroplastics (plastics larger than 5 mm) and microplastics (plastics equal to or smaller than 5 mm) from ending up in the environment. A discussion paper called “A proposed integrated management approach to plastic products to prevent waste and pollution” was also released which includes a proposal to ban or restrict single-use plastic products.

You have an opportunity to provide written comments to the Director of the Plastics and Marine Litter Division of ECCC by Dec. 9, 2020 at ec.plastiques-plastics.ec@canada.ca. While all comments are welcome, you are asked to provide input on three categories that are discussed in the paper:

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