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Waste Reduction Week 2017

Windsor /  Essex County Residents! Help us celebrate National Waste Reduction Week by reducing your waste footprint! Every little action makes a difference. What are you willing to do?

Waste Reduction Week Flyer: Waste Reduction Week Postcard 2017

Mon., October 16th

Say ‘No’: Say NO to plastic bags, say no to receipts you don’t need, say no to extra packaging, say ‘no’ to all the extra stuff that ends up being thrown in the garbage. Here are 10 single-use items to say NO to (bottled water, paper coffee cups, disposable utensils, plastic grocery bags, plastic straws, produce bags, Styrofoam, receipts, dry cleaner bags, and excessive food packaging).

  • 6.6 million trees would be saved in one year if everyone in Canada stopped using paper cups
  • Approximately 1 million plastic bags are used every minute – they take 1,000 years to disintegrate and remain toxic long after they’re decomposed
  • Receipts used over 250 million gallons of oil, 10 million trees, 1 billion gallons of water (in the US alone) – say ‘yes’ to an email receipt

Tues., October 17th

Give A Shirt: Take time to donate some clothes that you no longer want or need. There are lots of charities who will gladly accept your donation of clothing.

  • 11.8 kg of clothing and textiles go into our landfills, yet 95% could be reused of recycled
  • Each person is responsible for landfilling 37 kg (81 lb) of textiles
  • The world consumes more than 80 billion pieces of new clothing (fast fashion), with more and more ending up in landfills – our landfills are turning into laundry piles
  • It takes 2,650 L of water to produce one cotton t-shirt
  • One trillion kilowatt-hours are used by the global textile industry

Wed., October 18th

Gold Star Greats! We congratulate all the residents who registered for the Gold Box program and were awarded a Gold Recycle Box for doing a great job recycling!

Thurs., October 19th

Straws Suck: Plastic straws are NOT recyclable and end up in the garbage, on the ground as litter, or in our waterways. Just say NO….I don’t want the straw!

  • Canadians use 57 million straws per day
  • Straws are made of plastic which NEVER biodegrades in the environment
  • Animals mistake straws for food, which can lead to their deaths
  • Straws always make the ‘top ten’ things found at beach clean ups
  • 10,000 tonnes o plastic per year are ending up the Great Lakes, straws are helping to turn our Great Lakes into plastic soup

Fri., October 20th

Food LESS Friday: Stop in at the Recycling Centre at the Public Drop Off to purchase a Backyard Composter ($20) or a Green Cone Digester ($50) and start down the path to food waste reduction. Both units come with a free kitchen catcher to ‘catch’ food scraps. ONE DAY ONLY

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: 3560 North Service Rd. / Fibre Recycling Building – Windsor – on the corner of EC Row and Central

Sat. & Sun., October 22nd & 23rd

Swap/Share/Repair: Swap out your single use product for a reusable or sustainable one. Share an item with someone (or donate it), and repair your possessions instead of throwing them out.

Link to Waste Reduction Week Canada Website: Waste Reduction Week Canada