YQG Green Expo – New Event!
- Date: Saturday, October 14th, 2023 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Location: WFCU Centre, 8787 McHugh St., Windsor
- Indoors (Colovino Hall): Green Business Exhibitors will showcase their green ideas, services, and products.
- Outdoors / Community Drive Thru & Drop Off: Support charities like Habitat for Humanity, Soles4Souls, Unifor Local 444, Diabetes Canada, First Stop Services (paper shredding), Windsor Lions Club (eyeglasses), Essex-Windsor EMS (drug take back), and more! See the full list, link below.
- Waste Reduction Drop Off and Drive Thru: Drop Off & Drive Thru – List of Vendors
- YQG Green Expo Flyer: YQGgreen Expo Flyer 2023
Kick off Waste Reduction Week by attending the inaugural YQG Green Expo. Many organizations/vendors will be participating at the WFCU venue (either indoor or outdoor) to help create a “greener” community, where a Community Recycle Drive Thru & Drop Off will support the public to drop off unwanted items. At the Expo, the EWSWA will be hosting a booth with fun trivia games and prizes (including recycling carts!) From 1PM-2PM, the EWSWA, along with the City of Windsor, ERCA and other organizations will participate in the Environmental Expert Panel Discussion that will be moderated by Adam Castle from WeTech Alliance to discuss organizational approaches to a “greener” community.
Waste Reduction Week 2023
Dates (daily): Monday, October 16th thru to Sunday, October 22nd, 2023
- Waste Reduction Week Canada: Waste Reduction Week in Canada
- Love Food Hate Waste: Love Food Hate Waste Website
The EWSWA will celebrate the annual Waste Reduction Week that runs October 16-22 through a media campaign that includes daily radio ads and social media presence to raise awareness on waste reduction. A special feature this year is EWSWA’s partnership with FoodCycler Science (FCS) who will be offering Essex-Windsor residents another opportunity to buy a subsidized FoodCycler if they choose to recycle food waste at home to celebrate Food Waste Friday!
Waste Reduction Week features a daily theme – see daily themes below.
Monday, October 16th: Circular Economy
Circular economy is a new way of looking at how we use—and ultimately reuse—materials and resources. Our economy is resource-based, meaning it depends on the ability to preserve finite resources in order to succeed. Historically, products have been produced and consumed through a linear process (make, take, waste). Products are designed and used for convenience with a limited life and diminishing value over time. Environmental, economic, and social costs aren’t considered in the linear model.
Learn More: Intro to the Circular Economy
Tuesday, October 17th: Textiles
The average person throws away 37 kilograms of textiles each year, and 95% of those clothes could have been reused or recycled! Consider donating your unused or unwanted clothing or selling it at a consignment shop or drop it off for free at the Windsor Public Drop Off Depot – textiles are a valuable resource and shouldn’t be wasted.
Watch (aired Feb. 27th, 2023): CTV News – Textiles
Wednesday, October 18th: Electronics
In Canada, the amount of e-waste generated per person has increased from 8.3 kg in 2000 to 25.3 kg in 2020 – it’s one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world. You can recycle your e-waste at any one of the three (3) EWSWA depots.
Thursday, October 19th: Plastics
40% of all plastic produced in packaging, used once and thrown away. Remember to recycle all accepted plastic packaging or containers in the EWSWA recycling program.
Learn More: Plastics
Friday, October 20th: Food Waste
In Canada, it is estimated that individuals and households waste more $1300 of food per year. Across Canada, 58% of all food produced is wasted – that’s 35.5 million tonnes of food waste, 32% of which is still edible. This amounts to a staggering loss of $49.46 billion in value.
Food is a resource that can be turned into compost through the use of a composter, or digested by a Green Cone Digester, or even turned into a soil amendment by a FoodCycler™.
- Composting: Backyard Composting
- Green Cone Digesting: Green Cone Digester
- FoodCycler™: FoodCycler / Info & Purchasing
Saturday, October 21st: Sharing Economy
Sharing resources reduces the importance of owning items and promotes public access instead.
Learn More: Sharing Economy
Sunday, October 22nd: Swap & Repair
Swap & Repair are two very simple yet important pillars to the circular economy. Swap & Repair Sunday shows Canadians how simple it can be to extend the life of everyday products, and encourages them to take part in events in their community, school, or workplace to find new life for their unwanted or damaged products and textiles.
Learn More: Swap & Repair