Welcome to Green Action Centre’s Waste Reduction Week celebrations! We have a whole bunch of fun things to do during Waste Reduction Week, and this page will be constantly updated with links, events, and other fun ideas to take Waste Reduction Week and make it your own. Don’t forget to check back often as new information will be added frequently. Don’t forget! Waste Reduction Week is October 16 to 22, so take a look at what we have here and get ready to celebrate with us by reducing waste!


Waste Reduction Week at a Glance:

Dates: October 16-22
Green Action Centre Presents: Just Eat it – A Film Screening at Millenium Library: Wednesday, October 18. Doors open at 6:30, Film starts at 7:00. More info here!
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Dates: October 22-28
Basic Backyard Composting: Monday, October 23, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Fort Garry Library. Register here!
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Basic Backyard Composting: Thursday, October 26, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Henderson Library. Register here!
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Dates: October 18-19
Manitoba Association of Regional Recyclers Community Recycling and Waste Reduction Forum: Wednesday, October 18, 1-5 p.m.; Thursday, October 19, 8-12:30. More info here!

What is Waste Reduction Week?

Waste Reduction Week is part of a Canada-wide celebration of supporting habits and practices that reduce our individual and collective waste. We know that waste, and specifically the materials and organics found in waste, is a major contributor to climate change. From October 16 – 22, Canadians everywhere raise awareness on this issue through celebration and experimentation!

“What do you actually DO during Waste Reduction Week?” you ask? Whatever you can! Take a look at what you can do at home, at your workplace, at school, and within your community to reduce waste. It doesn’t have to be big, but it does have to be something! Can you challenge yourself to go a week without using single use plastic? Great! How about setting up that compost bin you always wanted? Awesome!

And be sure to let us know! Tag us on Twitter or Facebook, or leave us a comment and show off the really great things you are doing during Waste Reduction Week. We love seeing people trying out new and sustainable things, and you could win some cool prizes for doing so!

Pumped up and ready to get started with Waste Reduction Week but not quite sure where to start? Read on! Green Action Centre is hosting some really awesome events and have some great tips and tricks to get you started.

Our Events

Green Action Centre Presents: Just Eat It – A Food Waste Story

Date: Wednesday, October 18

Join us in the Buchwald Room at the Millenium Library for a special screening of Just Eat It – A Food Waste Story. From the film’s website:

“Just Eat It is a 74-minute documentary film about food waste and food rescue by Peg Leg Films in partnership with British Columbia’s Knowledge Network.”

Doors open at 6:30 and the film will start at 7:00. We will have a special panel of local food waste experts to chat further about this issue in Manitoba. Tickets are $5 and are limited so grab your tickets here while you still can!

Green Action Centre Staff

Caught in the Act: University Edition

Be prepared students! Green Action Centre staff will be coming down to universities in Winnipeg to catch YOU using sustainable habits that are known to reduce waste! Get caught with a water bottle, or bringing your lunch in a reusable bag, or properly recycling material, among other things, and we’ll give you some sweet prizes! Keep an eye on our Twitter account @greenactionctr to see when and where we will be.

Basic Backyard Composting 

Composting is a great way to reduce your waste and cut back on your greenhouse gas emissions. Whether you’re new to backyard composting or just want a refresher course, this 90-minute English-language presentation features plenty of time for Q&A. We’ll take you straight from the basics, and you’ll walk away armed with the knowledge of how to start or improve your outdoor bin, as well as a free booklet for review. Our first presentation will be on October 23, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., at the Fort Garry Library meeting room. On October 26, come out to Henderson Library from 6:30-8:00 p.m. These presentations are FREE but please register in advance at this link. If you have any questions, email compost@greenactioncentre.ca or call 204-925-3777 ext 106.

Our Tips and Tricks

Waste Reduction Week Ideas for Home

“Waste Reduction always starts and ends in the household, and some of the easiest changes can happen here. Your home is a great opportunity to try some new ideas for waste reduction and see what works for you!”

What are you doing for Waste Reduction Week in your household? It doesn’t have to be that daunting! Go here to check out some easy tips and tricks that you can challenge yourself with.

Waste Reduction Week Ideas for Schools

“Schools are places where a lot of resources are consumed and a lot of waste is generated. They are also places where the next generation of leaders, thinkers, consumers and conservers work to acquire the skills necessary for success in the world of tomorrow.”

Need some inspiration for your school or have an idea but not quite sure how to execute? Check this blog out for some great tips on performing Waste Reduction Week in schools.

Waste Reduction Week Ideas for Businesses

“Environmental actions – including waste reduction – have multiple benefits for businesses. Just consider. Not only can you reduce the environmental impact of your operations, you can also save money, increase the comfort and efficiency of the workplace, boost the morale and well-being of employees, and increase customer loyalty through a public commitment to sustainability.”

Businesses in Manitoba have an amazing opportunity to reduce waste and make a big impact. It doesn’t have to be difficult! Check this blog on ideas for reducing waste in businesses to bring to your office.

Waste Reduction Week and the DIY Movement

DIY is one of the best ways to reduce your waste! Using a couple of simple ingredients, you can ensure that your creations do exactly what you want them to and are in quantities that make sense! We have a bunch of blogs on our website, so take a look for DIY ideas!