Every year, cities across Canada recognize the third week of October as Waste Reduction Week. Tonight, City Hall will glow green and blue to kick-off the week, raising awareness around waste reduction. Each day of the week will feature a different theme, including textiles, electronics, plastics, food waste, swapping, repairing and the circular economy.
This year, the City will be focusing specifically on reducing food waste, noting that about one fifth of all groceries end up in the landfill before ever making it to dinner tables. Residents will be challenged to change that figure, and will be able to do so via a fun social media challenge.
The #LethbridgeLovesLeftovers challenge will encourage residents to share their go-to recipes, tips and tricks to use up leftovers. All participants will be entered for a chance to win a cooking class at Lethbridge College. The City will also compile the recipes that are shared to create a unique, 'made-in-Lethbridge' recipe book after the challenge has ended.
The #LethbridgeLovesLeftovers challenge will run from October 19-25, with winners drawn on October 26. For more details on the challenge, and for more information on Waste Reduction Week, visit lethbridge.ca/WasteReductionWeek.
Nichole Robinson, Waste and Recycling Education Specialist
City of Lethbridge