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Waste Reduction Week (Canada) 2014 – Oct 20-26, 2014

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EVENT: Oct 21-27: Waste Reduction Week 2013

As in previous years, FullCircles Ottawa will ask City of Ottawa Mayor, Jim Watson, to proclaim Oct 21-27, 2013 as ‘WASTE REDUCTION WEEK IN OTTAWA“.  Once the proclamation has been made, we encourage Ottawa freecyclers to work with us to raise the awareness level about waste.  Watch for more news about WRW in Ottawa.

WRW in Canada - Oct. 21-27, 2013

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

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 one 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 (WRW).


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Haifa’s RRFM in a tent

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Haifa’s Tent City

Though Haifa’s “tent city” can’t compare to Tel Aviv’s, it has grown from three tents to about 50. But not only has the number of tents increased – a real culture has sprung up, along with hierarchies and role divisions, and local norms. The infrastructure has expanded to include chemical toilets, an ecological dish washing system, a living “room” and kitchen, and other amenities.

Some of the alternative values that have taken hold at the tent city are reflected in this “free market.” People leave items they no longer want and may take whatever they want (“freecycling”).


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‘Repair Cafes’ An effort to bury our throwaway culture

Amsterdam Tries to Change Culture With ‘Repair Cafes’ –

An Effort to Bury a Throwaway Culture One Repair at a Time

Ilvy Njiokiktjien for The New York Times

Gathered around tables in what appeared to be delicate operations, participants tried to fix items that had been set for the trash.

AMSTERDAM — An unemployed man, a retired pharmacist and an upholsterer took their stations, behind tables covered in red gingham.Screwdrivers and sewing machines stood at the ready. Coffee, tea and cookies circulated. Hilij Held, a neighbor, wheeled in a zebra-striped suitcase and extracted a well-used iron. “It doesn’t work anymore,” she said. “No steam.”

Ms. Held had come to the right place.At Amsterdam’s first Repair Cafe, an event originally held in a theater’s foyer, then in a rented room in a former hotel and now in a community center a couple of times a month, people can bring in whatever they want to have repaired, at no cost, by volunteers who just like to fix things.

Conceived of as a way to help people reduce waste, the Repair Cafe concept has taken off since its debut two and a half years ago.

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13 Steps to a Zero-Waste Kitchen

13 Steps to a Zero-Waste Kitchen | Reader’s Digest.

Reduce, reuse, recycle: These expert tips will help you find new ways to cut waste in the kitchen.

By Damon Beres

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1. Regrow Veggies.

Strange but true: Scallions will regrow from their white ends.Just put them in a glass of water and let them get some sunlight. You can snip the green ends every few days for practically endless seasoning.

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Young adults ready to change their behavior based on sustainable values

Montreal, June 1, 2011 – Young adults from Montreal, Halifax and New York City have very specific ideas about what it takes to build a more sustainable world. And they are willing to make the necessary changes to their lifestyles to make such a world a reality. This is the conclusion drawn from a survey sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which surveyed 400 young adults between the ages of 18 and 35.

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