Waste Reduction Week in Canada: October 19-25
October 16, 2020

Waste Reduction Week in Canada is an opportunity for Canadians to celebrate our environmental efforts and achievements while encouraging new innovative ideas and solutions.

On PEI, we practice waste reduction every day of the year through our participation in the Waste Watch Program.   Islanders are proud of our accomplishments as leaders in waste management.  Through composting, recycling, and special disposal programs, PEI diverts an average of 429 kg per person from the waste stream, well above the Canadian average of 255 kg per person.

During Waste Reduction week, let’s take ACTION.  By adopting even more environmentally conscious choices we can further reduce land and water pollution, preserve natural resources, and create solutions to climate change and other environmental challenges.


  • Watch for daily themed posts to help focus efforts and discussion;
  • Take the Food Waste Pledge by clicking here for details;
  • Plan a Waste Reduction Event for your home, office or classroom;
  • Visit wrwcanada.com for resources and more information

Did you know the average Canadian throws away 37 kg of textiles each year?  In the last 15 years, clothing production has approximately doubled driven by a growing middle-class population across the globe and increased per capita sale. The rise in production of textiles can be attributed to the rise of fast fashion, with quicker turnaround of new styles and in some cases, lower prices.  This demand has resulted in the clothing industry being one of the world’s biggest polluters.

Here are some other alarming facts about textiles (taken from wrwcanada.ca).

  • The number of times a garment is worn before it is discarded has decreased by 36% over the past 15 years.
  • One garbage truck of textiles is incinerated or landfilled every second in Canada.
  • 85% of unwanted textiles is thrown away.
  • More than one half of fast fashion is disposed of in less than a year.
  • It takes 2,600 litres of water to make one new t-shirt.


  • Increase the average number of times your clothes are worn.
  • Increase your demand for recycled materials in the production of clothing.
  • Only wash items when they need to be washed to decrease the amount of microfibers entering waterways.
  • Sell or donate unwanted, gently used, clothing.
  • Be creative with textiles that cannot be donated—make rags, crafts, etc.



Historically, products have been manufactured for a single use and without consideration of the waste generated. This is referred to as Linear Economy. A good example of this is a plastic straw. It’s used then destined for landfill.
A Circular Economy is based on manufacturers designing new products where the resources used can be reused and reinvested for new items over and over again. A Circular Economy also supports access over ownership. A good example of this is online streaming instead of purchasing CDs or DVDs.
* Purchase smartly designed products meant to be reused, refurbished and dismantled for re-use;
* Support companies that offer take-back products after use;
* Embrace access over ownership;
* If using single-use products, opt for products that can either be recycled or composted instead of destined for landfill;
* Sort unwanted materials carefully–visit IWMC’s sorting guide if you are not sure where something goes.



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