Waste Reduction Week

Waste Reduction Week (WRW) engages and empowers Canadians to reduce, reuse and recycle waste. WRW is currently held in the third week of October each year.

A Call to Take Action


WRW's "take action" message calls on all Canadians to adopt more environmentally conscious choices. The Waste Reduction Week educational resources provide information and ideas to reduce waste in all facets of daily living. Reducing waste is 1 solution to the many environmental challenges we face: climate change, water pollution and preservation of natural resources.

History of WRW


Recycling and Waste Reduction Weeks started in the mid-1980s, when a number of recycling councils and environmental organizations began holding provincial events. In 2001, these organizations came together, pooled their resources and expanded their efforts into a national event called Waste Reduction Week in Canada.

Since 2001, Waste Reduction Week in Canada has been organized by a coalition of non-government, not-for-profit environment groups and governments from each of the 13 participating provincial and territorial jurisdictions across Canada.