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Waste Reduction Week Launched in Thunder Bay

Monday, October 15 - Waste Reduction Week (WRW) is happening in Thunder Bay and all across Canada from October 15-21. The City of Thunder Bay has teamed up with EcoSuperior and their community partners to deliver a full program of special events and promotions during the week, with a kick-off ceremony today at École catholique Franco-Supérieur. Councillor Rebecca Johnson congratulated students and staff for their waste reduction and environmental initiatives. Guests then enjoyed a tour of the school, led by students on the Eco Committee.

École catholique Franco-Supérieur was the recipient of a Municipal Green Award last year, selected by the Zero Waste Action Team and the City of Thunder Bay. Eco-team students have participated in a variety of environmental activities at the school, including litterless lunches, recycling and composting in each classroom, maintaining the school’s vegetable garden and much more. École catholique Franco-Supérieur also intends to pursue official certification as an Ontario Eco School in the future.

Waste Reduction Week is intended to raise public consciousness about waste and its environmental and social impacts. Corporate partners include ReCool Canada, Intercity Shopping Centre and Print Pros. An information display was held at Intercity Shopping Centre on Saturday, featuring displays by students in Confederation College’s Environmental Technician program.

Waste Reduction Week incorporates many events and activities that have become traditions in Thunder Bay, including the Great Pumpkin Compost Collection, the safe disposal of unwanted paint program, contests with local radio stations, waste and recycling tours, composter delivery service, and school presentations. New activities for this year include the Erase Your Waste contest for local businesses. Details are available by calling EcoSuperior at 624-2140.

Organizers are offering two public tours, one on Tuesday, October 16 of the ReCool recycling plant, and a tour of the Solid Waste and Recycling Facility on Wednesday, October 17. Bus transportation is provided and both tours are free of charge. Contact EcoSuperior for pick-up locations and to reserve a seat.

For more information on events or waste reduction help, contact EcoSuperior at 624-2142, or visit, or the City's Waste Reduction Week page. Visit the national Waste Reduction Week website at to find out more about the week’s history and events taking place across Canada.

For further information, contact Jessica Backen, Waste Reduction Week Coordinator, at 624-2142 or Jason Sherband, Coordinator of Solid Waste Diversion & Recycling, City of Thunder Bay, 627-4888.

This waster reduction program is funded by the City of Thunder Bay's Infrastructure & Operations Department and delivered by EcoSuperior Environmental Programs.