Waste Reduction Week
Waste Reduction Week is October 18-24, 2021.
MMSB is proud to be a provincial partner of Waste Reduction Week in Canada.
Waste Reduction Week in Canada is a national campaign that:
- builds awareness around issues of sustainable and responsible consumption;
- encourages choice for more environmentally responsible products and services; and
- promotes actions that diverts more waste from landfill and conserves natural resources.
Waste Reduction Week in Canada’s resources empower all Canadians to adopt more environmentally conscious choices.
2021 Theme Days
Monday, October 18: A Circular Economy and Kick-off
Tuesday, October 19: Textiles
Wednesday, October 20: E-Waste
Thursday, October 21: Plastics
Friday, October 22: Food Waste
Saturday, October 23: Sharing Economy
Sunday, October 24: Swap and Repair
Schools, businesses and organizations can proclaim, October 18-24, 2021 as Waste Reduction Week. Click here.
A list of all resources and details on how you can get involved can be found at www.wrwcanada.com.
Check out local schools, businesses organizations and communities leading the way!
Waste Reduction 101: Riverwood Academy
When it comes to sustainability, Riverwood Academy is setting a great example for schools all over Newfoundland and Labrador. At the end of the 2018-2019 school year, the school announced they’d be eliminating single use items, and as of September 2019, disposable cutlery, paper cups and other single use items were a thing of the past.
With plenty of preparation over the summer, all 220 students got on board with the new initiative. By making just a couple of simple changes, such as bringing their own water bottles and reusable containers provided by the school as well as utilizing their own cutlery, students have managed to reduce waste on a massive scale!
Not only have the students of Riverwood Academy significantly reduced their school’s waste, but they have also become more environmentally conscious overall: they’ve started a weekly program to collect and wash recyclables, as well as plans to start an environment club to raise awareness of green practices happening around the school and in the community. Three cheers for Riverwood Academy!
Hebert’s Recycling Incorporated
Have you ever wondered what happens to the plastic beverage containers you recycle? Hebert’s Recycling Inc. turns your plastic beverage containers into new products, and the process starts right here in Newfoundland & Labrador!
From their state-of-the-art equipment which includes conveyors, electro-magnetic technology, granulators, air powered elutriation systems and various line sorters, Hebert’s Recycling processes 78+ million plastic beverage containers every year into “flake” at its facility in Mount Pearl. The flake is sold internationally and used to manufacture rigid and flexible packaging for the pharmaceutical, medical device, food, and beverage markets.
By processing recyclables right here at home, Hebert’s Recycling is lowering our province’s footprint while helping extend the lifecycle of plastic products. Here’s to Hebert’s Recycling!
Cape St. George
After the introduction of new waste management services on the West Coast of NL, the Town of Cape St. George thought of a creative way to reduce costs for its residents while having a positive impact on the environment: A mandatory composting program!
The program saw a total of 200 backyard composters distributed amongst the roughly 900 residents with the promise of lower garbage fees if the program were successful. Nine months in, it has seen enormous success, with a 47% decrease in waste tonnage.
The Town of Cape St. George proved to all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians that problems can be solved with a little innovation, and a lot of creativity!
Computers for Schools
Whether it’s for an online course, a job search engine, doing research for a school project or updating a resume, having access to technology is crucial in today’s digital world. As a national organization that believes in equal access to opportunity, Computers for Schools NL is empowering all Canadians to participate in the digital economy, and they’re doing it with refurbished computers.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, more than 50,000 students have benefited from the Computers for Schools initiative, and 6,000 youth have been trained in computer refurbishing. In addition to equipping Canadians with crucial life skills, the Computers for Schools has diverted 30,000+ tons of waste from the landfill—the equivalent of 42,850 cars!