Waste Reduction Week
It’s Waste Reduction Week – a weeklong celebration of raising awareness to reduce waste across the country!
Join Campus Sustainability to learn about waste reduction on campus, test your waste trivia, and to enter a prize draw!
- Tuesday, October 17th from 11:30 – 1:00 outside Ryan Hall (Shuniah Building)
- Wednesday, October 18th from 11:30 – 1:00 outside Ryan Hall (Shuniah Building)
- Thursday, October 19th from 11:30 – 1:00 TEC Hub Atrium (McIntyre Building)
What is waste reduction, and why is it important?
Waste Reduction Week asks us to reflect on what we can do differently to either generate less waste, or make sure the waste we do generate is handled in a sustainable way. Reducing waste plays a vital role in making our campus more sustainable and contributes to our progress on SDG #12 - Responsible Consumption and Production, SDG #13 - Climate Action SDG #14 - Life Below Water and SDG #15 - Life on Land. ,
Excessive textile production, E-waste and food waste also have a considerable impact on the sustainability of our communities. For example, the clothing industry and food waste produce around 8% and 10% of total carbon emissions respectively.
We need to rethink how we create products and consume services. For example, designing products that can be easily repaired, refilled, reused or shared could go a long way in reducing our impact. Approaches like these conserve materials, make products last longer and allow products to be accessed by more people which can bring overall costs down for consumers by reducing the large economic costs of waste.
Stay tuned to our social media throughout the week to learn more about how you can make a difference!