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Celebrating Waste Reduction Week 2022 in the NWT

Waste Reduction Week starts this Sunday – and the Northwest Territories is joining the celebration.

This year, the Government of the Northwest Territories is encouraging awareness about waste reduction practices, drawing attention to successful community-led waste reduction projects, and supporting various community events planned by Ecology North.

Daily themes for this year’s Waste Reduction Week include:

· Circular Economy Monday

· Textiles Tuesday

· E-Waste Wednesday

· Plastics Thursday

· Food Waste Friday

· Sharing Economy Saturday

· Swap and Repair Sunday

You can encourage people to rethink their routine and reduce the amount of waste they produce. Here’s how you can take part in Waste Reduction Week 2022:

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· Residents: encourage your friends and family by sharing what you do to reduce waste in your day-to-day life.

· Businesses, governments, and organizations: lead by example – run an event to encourage waste reduction, share your waste reduction practices on social media using #WasteReductionWeek.

· Teachers, parents, and students: learn about food waste in Canada and take the Food Waste Pledge with your kids or class.

Recovery of beverage containers dropped significantly during the pandemic at just under 62%, compared to prior years in which it exceeded 80%. This was caused by temporary closures of recycling depots and the introduction of new health and safety protocols to protect employees and the public. We want to remind residents that services have resumed full operation and have even been expanded in many cases.

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