Waste Reduction Week runs October 19-25, 2015

Winnipeg, MB. October 15, 2015 — Green Action Centre is looking to encourage Manitobans to save – and in some cases earn – money while reducing their waste.

“There are many steps we can all take to live a little greener,” says Tracy Hucul, Executive Director, Green Action Centre. “Small changes can have big impacts, to our wallets and our environment.”

Waste Reduction Week is a national event to raise awareness about the importance of reducing our collective environmental footprint and to celebrate activities to live greener in our schools, workplaces, homes and communities. This year’s activities offered by Green Action Centre include:

Recycle My Cell Student Challenge: A friendly competition among Canadian schools to see which can recycle the most cell phones and accessories during the collection period. The winning school in each province receives $500 for their green programs; all participating schools receive $1 for every phone they collect and recycle. Last year, Decker Colony School won the challenge for Manitoba – set a target for your school!

Caught in the Act!: Green Action Centre team members will be out looking to catch Winnipeggers in the act of doing green things for the environment; things like using a reusable bag/mug or recycling. Those ‘caught’ will be rewarded with an upcycled bag made from the 2014 Juno Award banners, a partnership with the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ – now that’s something to sing about!

Free Composting Presentations: Reduce your waste and improve your soil at the same time. Register to attend at greenactioncentre.ca

Backyard Composting: Monday, Oct. 19, 7 PM – Fort Garry Library (1360 Pembina)

Backyard Composting: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 7 PM – Henderson Library (1050 Henderson)

Vermicomposting: Thursday, Oct. 29, 6:30 PM – Eco Centre (303 Portage, 3rd Floor

2nd Chance Market: join us Oct. 24 from 10 AM -4 PM at the Lord Roberts Community Centre. Rummage sale, mending stations, DIY demos, bike maintenance, concession and more, because every one – and thing – deserves a second chance.


Waste Reduction Week is coordinated in Manitoba by Green Action Centre as part of its effort to promote sustainable living through small, everyday actions we all can take. To register your organization or to proclaim Waste Reduction Week in your community, visit wrwcanada.com

More ideas for schools and businesses are available here.


Becky Block
Living Green Living Well Coordinator
Green Action Centre204-925-3779

Shannon Lavalley
National Waste Reduction Week Coordinator
Recycling Council of Ontario