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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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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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Unique Vertical Garden made with salvaged gutters

DIY Vertical Garden with Reclaimed Gutters

Suzanne Forsling Gutter Garden
Suzanne Forsling Gutter Garden


via DIY Vertical Garden with Reclaimed Gutters | greenUPGRADER.

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ReUse – A World War II mantra in 1939

File:Make this bag last.jpg – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The promotion of waste minimization has existed for decades, as evidenced by this paper department store bag which urged shoppers to reuse their bags as part of the World War IIwar effort

English: The front of a paper shopping bag, issued by the Eaton’s department store in Canada during the Second World War. “Make this bag last! Paper is vital to the war effort. Help save it. Parcels carried – save gasoline, rubber and wrapping materials.”
Date between 1939 and 1945
Source City of Toronto, Cultural Services, T. Eaton Company collection, Reference no. 1988.56.1246 

Toronto Museum Project

Author T. Eaton Co. Ltd.


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