Waste Reduction Week this week
Waste Reduction Week runs from October 19 - 25 and is celebrated worldwide to educate and inform people about how necessary it is to not only reduce the amount of waste they produce but how to do that in an environmentally friendly manner.
Waste Reduction Week (WRW) is a series of events held every October to raise public awareness about how waste impacts on the environment, society and the economy.
There are many different events across Canada especially, such as the City of Thunder Bay working to promote waste reduction and alternatives to throwing waste in the dump.
Zero Waste Action Team members and partners are holding a Waste Reduction and Recycling Information Fair at Intercity Shopping Centre on Saturday, October 18 from 9:30 am until 6 pm in the Promotions Area. Participants include Confederation College’s Environmental Technician Students, EarthWise Thunder Bay, EcoSuperior, Pack Pros Plus, Recool and the ZWATeam.
Often people will throw too much away because they don't know what can and cannot be recycled, and even if they do, they are still not sure where to recycle them.
To give you some idea what happens when you don't take waste reduction seriously:
It takes 20 years for a plastic bag to decompose and 250 years for a plastic cup to decompose.
And then 450 years for a plastic bottle to decompose in a landfill.
So why is it important to recycle?
Well, among other things, it reduces the demand on our natural resources, reserves landfill space and can create jobs and new industries.
Think about what will happen when we run out of space. What will we do then?
So next week is your opportunity to do something a bit different.
Oscar the Grouch has been chosen as the face of Waste Reduction Week.
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