Waste Reduction Week in Canada 2020 is held from October 19 to 25 as reminder of the ways we can reduce waste to minimize garbage going to landfill. The City of Toronto and our program partners will be hosting events throughout the week to support waste reduction initiatives. Check out the lists of events and activities below to get involved.



October 19: Making the Most of What We Have and Giving Back to the Planet (virtual workshop)
11 – 11:45 a.m.

During this online presentation, you will learn about the circular economy and its associated concepts. By the end of the presentation, you will be able to confidently explain the concept to your best friend and have some inspiring ideas about how to make your life more circular. You will also hear about what the City of Toronto is doing to support a circular economy, including using food scraps to power garbage trucks and heat buildings!

October 19 – 23: Virtual Quilt and Threading Solidarity (virtual workshop)
Online daily 1 – 3:30 p.m.
Participants will learn how to make an 8 ½ x 10-inch fabric block from repurposed household fabric using techniques from an industry leader. Scadding Court Community Centre will collect the fabric sample and assemble a large community quilt that will be displayed at the SCCC sewing repair hub.

October 20: Sashiko Mending Practice (virtual workshop)
7 – 8 p.m.

Learn how to preserve and restore the clothing you wear most often using the Sashiko method of mending. Sashiko originated in ancient Japan and is often described as functional embroidery. This mending technique employs beautiful geometric stitching patterns to repair clothing, striking a delicate balance between functionality and art. Get started on your mending practice today and learn how to extend the life of your most loved pieces.

If you would like to follow along live, you will need:

  • Sashiko thread
  • Sashiko needle
  • Scrap fabric
  • Tex 20 thread
  • Fabric crayon/pencil

Where to get supplies? Check your local fabric supply retailer.

October 20: Repurposing Scrap Fabrics (virtual workshop)
11 a.m. – noon

This event will promote the use of scrap fabrics by talking about some of the things that can be made from little pieces of scrap fabrics that would have otherwise gone into landfill and promote the idea of replacement of some one time use items with fabric reusable coequal.

October 21: Slow Fashion Harvest
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Scadding Court Community Centre, 707 Dundas St. W *By Appointment Only

Slow Fashion Harvest (IN SCCC), will be a pre-registered event and will take place at SCCC’s gym (in order to adhere to social distancing policies). The event would showcase gently used clothing + repurposed outfits made at the Sewing Repair hub to promote local designers whose main focus is on sustainable fashion. Local designers will be made available for Q & A.

October 22: Think Pink Power
Monday to Friday, 4 – 5 p.m.,
707 Dundas St. W. *By Appointment Only and Online

THINK PINK POWER is a pre-registered event that will put a call out to the community to donate pink scraps. These scraps will then be used in the children’s afterschool programs to create the anti-bullying flag! October is National Bullying Prevention Month and we want to make sure that no one and no fabric gets left behind.

October 19: IT Junk Wars
Noon – 4 p.m., 240 Wellesley St.

During this Desktop building activity, participants will  use parts and gadgets from old reused/repurposed computers to learn the basics of assembling a computer and repurposing computer parts.

October 22: Three Bins
Noon – 5 p.m., 240 Wellesley St.

The Three Bins Competition will be encouraging residents to identify the correct bin to dispose of corresponding to a particular object. All participants will be given information on the City of Toronto Waste Wizard app to play a similar competition at home or work. This event will take place outside 240 Wellesley.

October 23: Food Waste Recipe Workshop (virtual workshop)
7 – 8 p.m.

Learn about the issues surrounding food waste and easy tips on how to combat it. Watch a cooking demonstration on how to make delicious pakoras (fritters) using vegetable scraps to share with friends and family! Join the conversation and learn how you can take action on reducing your food waste.

October 23: Compost Exchange & Garden Giveaway
3 – 5 p.m.
Humber Properties Community Garden, 2667 Kipling Ave.

Bring kitchen scraps to be added to the compost and in return receive a voucher to purchase fresh produce grown at the farm. There will also be 50 bags of BCI Farm Community Compost for exchange, worm casting and vermicompost kits as giveaways.

October 23: Just Eat It
An online screening of the documentary film about food waste and food rescue titled “Just Eat It”

October 23: Can Along with Us (virtual workshop)
Rexdale CHC and Black Creek Farm will be hosting a Virtual Community Gathering called “Can Along with Us” – a workshop/tutorial on preserving end of the season/fall harvest

Morning Session (10 a.m. – noon)

  • Making Jams
  • Chutneys, Salsas and Hot Sauce -Tibetan Recipe

Afternoon Session (2 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

  • Pickling
  • Sauerkraut and Dehydration

October 24: Scarborough Community Bicycle Swap 
9 a.m. – noon 
3939 Lawrence Ave. E.

Participants will be able to up-cycle their unwanted bicycle and or bicycle parts in exchange for tools, repurposed parts and or a refurbished bicycle. The event will be hosted at the City of Toronto Scarborough Bicycle Repair Hub.

October 24: Flemingdon & Thorncliffe Community Bicycle Swap
9 a.m. – noon

East York Town Centre (45 Overlea Dr., Parking Lot)

Participants will be able to up-cycle their unwanted bicycle and or bicycle parts in exchange for tools, repurposed parts and or a refurbished bicycle.

October 24: Jane and Finch Sharing Economy Walking/Biking Tour
2 – 4 p.m.

Meet at the Tobermory bicycle repair hub to get your bicycle safety check prior to discovering recreational bicycle/walking trails in the Finch Hydro Corridor.

October 24: DIY Bicycle Repair Workshop (virtual workshop)
Noon – 1 p.m.

In these three online workshops, industry leaders will teach you how to do your own repairs. The sessions will focus on safety checks, fixing flat tires and brake repair.

October 25: Community Children’s Bicycle & Adult Bicycle Recycle Swap
10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mabelle Park (Across 49 Mabelle Dr.)

Children’s Bike Swap Event will be hosted at the Mabelle Towers in Etobicoke. Kids can bring their old bicycles to swap for a refurbished one, and also learn bicycle safety tips from industry leader.

  • 10 a.m. – noon, Bicycle Donation Drive
  • 1 – 3 p.m., Children & Adult Bicycle Giveaway

*Note: due to recently-announced provincial limitations on outdoor gatherings, this event may need to be significantly adjusted, including a possible change of location.

October 20: Virtual DIY “Dress” Repairing Session (virtual workshop)
2 – 4 p.m.

The session will be taught by an industry leader who will be able to answer any of your repairing needs.

October 20: Trash to Treasure
4 – 6 p.m., 240 Wellesley St.

Trash to Treasure, a reuse and repurposing competition using trash and recyclable material with a Halloween theme focus, participants will be encouraged to pre-register for this event.

October 21: Repair Workshop
3 – 5 p.m., 240 Wellesley St.

Participants will pre-register to bring their broken items from home. Together with a repair specialist they start making their repairs at 240 Hub. It’s an ongoing learning process. If you have nothing to repair, you can lend a hand with someone else’s repair job.

October 22: U FIX IT
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., 2667 Kipling Ave.

“U FIX IT” repair program in partnership with @repaircafeto will encourage residents in multi-residential apartments to bring out their small household appliances, toys and electronics that would otherwise been thrown out to be repaired. All unwanted items will be fixed and donated.

October 22: Halloween Dream
3:30 – 6 p.m., Scadding Court Community Centre, 707 Dundas St W *By online appointment only

Halloween Dream will allow children in SCCC’s afterschool programs to take any donated textiles/fabrics and create a Halloween costume of their wildest dreams.

October 22: Virtual DIY “Pants” Repairing Session (virtual workshop)
2 – 4 p.m.

The session will be taught by an industry leader who will be able to answer any of your repairing needs.

October 23: Technical Support for Sewing Machine Trouble Shooting
Noon – 4 p.m., Online *by appointment only

One-on-one session taught by an industry leader who will be able to answer any of your repairing needs.

October 20: E-Heroes (virtual workshop)
Noon – 1:30 p.m.

A grassroots group called E-heroes will help educate local residents on how to properly dispose of a face mask. They will also be providing information about about how to reduce waste and increase waste diversion in some of the apartment buildings in Thorncliffe Park and engaging their community ambassadors through the Green Champion Program.

October 22: The 3Rs Ambassador Program (virtual workshop)
10 – 11 a.m.

This online presentation provides information about the 3Rs Ambassador Program including its purpose, history, tools available for volunteers, some examples of success and the current state of the program. The session will be followed by a question and answer period.