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Celebrating the 20 year anniversary of Waste Reduction Week

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Waste Reduction Week in Canada. Waste Reduction Week is a national environmental campaign, which builds awareness around sustainable and responsible consumption, and promotes actions to divert more waste from disposal and conserve natural resources. Niagara Region, in recognition of Waste Reduction Week, is hosting programming to inform residents about the importance of waste reduction.

Reusable Goods Drop-off Contest
Niagara Region, in partnership with Grimsby Benevolent Fund and Goodwill Niagara, encourage residents to reduce their waste through the donation of re-useable goods. From October 18-23, Niagara Region residents who donate a re-usable item to one of Niagara’s Region’s Waste and Recycling Drop-off Depots will receive a ballot or scan a QR code to enter a draw for a $50 Visa gift card.

Tips for reducing waste
Beyond the Region’s event and contests, you can celebrate Waste Reduction Week by taking these simple steps to reduce waste:

  • ​Choosing products with less plastic packaging
  • Bringing a reusable bottle, cup or cutlery with you when you go out
  • Avoiding food waste by planning and purchasing only what is on your shopping list
  • Buying second-hand items and donating used goods
  • Buying in bulk to reduce packaging

Fall Compost Event and Food Drive – October 18-23, 2021
Various locations

From Oct. 18-23, 2021 (while quantities last), residents of Niagara Region can collect one to three 20 litre bags of compost per vehicle per day during regular business hours. In exchange for compost, residents must donate non-perishable food items or cash in support of Fort Erie COPE (Community Outreach Program – Erie), Grimsby Benevolent Fund, The HOPE Center, and Project SHARE. Expired food items will not be accepted. The attendants will use their discretion to determine the number of compost bags given to each resident in exchange for their donation to a maximum of three bags per vehicle per day.

Residents are required to follow public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • ​Maintain physical distancing by staying two metres (six feet) apart from others
  • Deposit cash donations in cash box (staff cannot offer change)
  • Confirm expiration date with attendant and place non-perishable food items in the designated container
  • Wear a mask

More information on the Fall Compost Event and Food Drive, including where it is available and when, can be found here on Niagara Region’s website.

Interact with us on social
Join the conversation on social media #wastereductionweek - a new message will be posted each day throughout the week on Niagara Region’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts to raise awareness of ways to reduce and divert waste. The posts will align with the national Waste Reduction Week theme days and highlight ways to divert these materials using Niagara Region’s programs and services.

Media Inquiries

Norm Miller
Niagara Region
905-980-6000 ext. 3215

Susan McPetrie
Niagara Region Waste Management Services
905-980-6000 ext. 3119

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