Mayor Masters has proclaimed Waste Reduction Week in Regina showing the City’s dedication to waste reduction in our city.
Here’s a look at what’s happening this week:
Waste Reduction Quiz Night
October 20, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Join in on some virtual family fun! Play along in our interactive quiz to test your knowledge on waste reduction for a chance to win a home waste reduction prize pack valued at $150
- Visit regina.ca/recycling101 to play along Wednesday night
October 22, 4 to 8 p.m., South Leisure Neighbourhood Centre, 170 Sunset Drive
- Free event. Consider repairing items instead of throwing them away. Volunteer experts will be on-hand to help fix clothing, textiles, bikes, small electronics, furniture and general repairs. Everyone who attends will be entered to win a home waste reduction prize pack valued at $150
- Have questions or want to know if your item is a good fit for this event? Get in touch
Join the conversation on social media using #choosetoreduce.
Here are some simple steps you can take to minimize single use items and food waste. Every action counts!
- Remember to bring reusable bags when grocery shopping. Try to keep a couple heavy-duty bags in the car and some light fold-up ones in a day bag
- Take a paperless coffee break and use a reusable mug
- When offered, decline promotional and single-use items that you don’t need. It’s as easy as saying, “No straw please”
- Give experiences and share memories that don’t need wrapping (e.g. memberships and classes)
- Purchase products with less packaging
- Plan out your meals and use a shopping list to reduce food waste
- Leave grass clippings on your lawn
- Repair items if you can before replacing them
- Pack waste-free lunches
- Purchase items second-hand
- Donate items you no longer use to charity
- Use your blue cart or a Big Blue Bin depot to recycle acceptable items
- Compost food scraps and yard waste at home by using a backyard composter
Did you know?
The average Canadian household wastes $1,100 a year on food waste. That’s costing Canadians over $17 million a year!
Canadians use up to 15 billion plastic bags every year. On average, a plastic bag is used for only 12 minutes. Plastic bags are not recyclable in the blue cart and should be placed in the garbage.
About one-third of the plastics used in Canada are for single-use or short-lived products and packaging. Plastics such as straws, cutlery, Styrofoam bags and wrappers are not recyclable and should be placed in the garbage.
Let’s all take simple steps to reduce our waste because together we make a big difference.
Not sure where to put an item?
Check out the Waste Wizard tool to find out how to properly dispose or donate common waste items.