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Waste Reduction Week

What is Waste Reduction Week?

​​​Each year during the third week of October, Waste Reduction Week occurs across Canada. The event engages and empowers us to reduce, reuse and recycle waste. This year, Waste Reduction Week is from October 19-25.

What's going on in Lethbridge this year?

Contest Alert: Lethbridge Loves Leftovers!

This week, we challenge you to rethink food waste in Lethbridge. From October 19-25, share your go-to recipe, tip, or trick to use up leftovers and be entered to WIN an evening cooking class at Lethbridge College! 

To enter the challenge, simply post a recipe, picture or tip on FacebookTwitter or Instagram using the hashtag #LethbridgeLovesLeftovers. Tag the City of Lethbridge and tell us how you use up leftovers or avoid food waste at home. Then, challenge a friend to join! 

You will be entered in a draw to win a pass to an evening cooking class. Contest runs from October 19-25. The winner will be announced on October 26. Winner attends the Leftover Transformation Cooking Class on October 28 at Lethbridge College from 6-8pm. 

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All recipes, tips and tricks will be used to create a made-in-Lethbridge recipe book after the challenge is over.

Tips for Tackling Kitchen Waste: A Webinar

Thursday, October 22 at 7pm

Join the City of Lethbridge Waste and Recycling team and Environment Lethbridge for an interactive webinar with tips and tricks for reducing food waste and low-waste food storage. All participants will also be entered to win an evening cooking class on October 28 at Lethbridge College from 6-8pm. Click here to register! 

2020 Waste Reduction Week Theme Days

Kick Off & Circular Economy Monday

  • Lethbridge is taking its first steps towards a circular economy. A circular economy keeps products circulating at their best value and most useful, through waste prevention, improved design, reuse, recycling, remanufacturing and innovation.  Find out more about this initiative here!
  • City Hall will also glow green and blue on the evening of Oct 19 to kick-off Waste Reduction Week.

Textiles Tuesday

  • Did you know? North Americans send over 10 million tonnes of clothes to landfills every year, and almost all of those clothes could have been reused or recycled.
  • Choose to reuse! When it’s time to get rid of old or unwanted clothing, use our Waste Wizard tool to find location donation options. 

E-Waste Wednesday

  • The world generated a record 53.6 million metric tonnes (Mt) of electronic waste in 2019, which is up 21 per cent in only five years.
  • There is a free collection area for electronic waste at the City’s Waste & Recycling Centre, and now almost anything with a cord can be collected for recycling, thanks to an exciting new provincial recycling pilot program. Click here to find out more! 

Plastics Thursday

  • Each of us can take simple steps to reduce our plastic footprint. Find out more about plastics in Canada by visiting the Plastic Action Centre.
  • Tips for Tackling Kitchen Waste Webinar: Join us for a fun, free virtual workshop to learn about low-waste food preparation and plastic-free alternatives for food storage. See link above to register!

Food Waste Friday

  • Check out this new video and don’t be a “Leftover Loser"! Visit for more information.
  • Don't forget to join the #LethbridgeLovesLeftovers challenge to be entered to win a cooking class!
  • You can also join the Recycling Council of Alberta’s provincial food waste challenge by using #ReduceFoodWasteAB and #WRWAB. Click here for more details.

Sharing Economy Saturday

  • Many of us already participate in the sharing economy every day, by using ride sharing apps, libraries, rental services, or online swap or trade sites. Joining in the sharing economy is easy, not to mention saves us money and keeps items out of the landfill. Find out more about the sharing economy here.

Swap & Repair Sunday

  • Did you know, Environment Lethbridge has a handy interactive map with information on repair shops, recycling depots, secondhand stores and zero-waste retailers in Lethbridge? Check it out here.

Find more tips and tricks to reduce waste here:

Recycling Council of Alberta

Waste Reduction Week Canada​

Waste Wizard​

​​​Share your actions on social media with the hashtag #WasteReductionWeek

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