News Release
October 19, 2020

Today, Mayor John Tory proclaimed October 19 to 25 as Waste Reduction Week in Toronto. Waste Reduction Week in Canada is held every October as a reminder of the ways everyone can reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable consumption.

This year, Waste Reduction Week focuses on reducing waste and maximizing resources by moving away from the take-make-and-dispose approach in favour of product longevity – known as a circular economy, renewability, reuse and repair. Each day will promote a different theme that will celebrate environmental efforts and achievements and innovative ideas and solutions to help reduce waste.

The City and its Community Reduce & Reuse Program partners will be hosting online workshops and events throughout the week on topics such as circular economy, bike repairs and swaps, sewing, community composting, food canning and recipes to reduce food waste.

Information on how to participate in Waste Reduction Week events and tips to reduce waste are available at


“Every year, the City manages more than 900,000 tonnes of waste that require money, energy, and resources. We all have a role to play in helping to reduce waste and minimize the amount of waste going to landfill. I encourage residents to minimize their environmental footprint by reusing, repairing, repurposing and refusing what we don’t need, not just this week, but all year long.”

– Toronto Mayor John Tory

Toronto is home to more than 2.9 million people whose diversity and experiences make this great city Canada’s leading economic engine and one of the world’s most diverse and livable cities. As the fourth largest city in North America, Toronto is a global leader in technology, finance, film, music, culture and innovation, and consistently places at the top of international rankings due to investments championed by its government, residents and businesses. For more information visit the City’s website or follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

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