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Waste Reduction Week

Waste Reduction Week LogoEach fall during the third week of October, residents of Thunder Bay take part in the nationwide Waste Reduction Week program to raise awareness of changes we can make to reduce waste. EcoSuperior Environmental Programs, the City of Thunder Bay and many community partners coordinate a dynamic range of activities. 

Waste Reduction Week 2016 activities

What’s going on for waste reduction week this year? Thunder Bay will once again be a part of the nationwide celebration to raise awareness of waste reduction. Here’s the scoop on all of the activities offered during the week by the City of Thunder Bay Infrastructure & Operations Dept., EcoSuperior and our community partners:

Saturday, Oct. 15 - Waste Reduction and Recycling Info Fair
Join the City of Thunder Bay, EcoSuperior, Let's Talk Science and Confederation College Waste Management students at Intercity Shopping Centre for a fun information fair. Learn what you can do to reduce your "waste-line" at this interactive event from 9:30 am to 6 pm. Bring your questions, pick up some giveaways, and enter a draw for great prizes!

Wednesday, Oct. 19 - Workshop: Composting 101
Composting can reduce your curbside trash by as much as 30%! Learn the ins and outs of both indoor (vermicomposting) and backyard composting, including troubleshooting tips. The workshop starts at 7 pm at EcoSuperior. Visit or call 624-2141 to register for this FREE workshop. 

Waste Reduction Week Contests and Giveaways!

  • Poster Contest for Kids
  • Get Caught Recycling
  • Waste Reduction Week Trivia

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Friday, Oct. 21 - Public Tour of the Solid Waste & Recycling Facility
Ever wonder about the journey waste travels once it leaves the curb? Don’t miss the opportunity to see what happens at its final destination through a tour of the Solid Waste & Recycling Facility. We’ll even provide the transportation. The tour will run from 9:30 -11:30 am, including travel time and is free of charge. Call 624-2141 (EcoSuperior) for pick-up locations and to reserve your seat, as space is limited!

Oct. 19-23 - Composter Delivery Service
Take advantage of complimentary delivery service offered by the City of Thunder Bay exclusively during Waste Reduction Week! Call EcoSuperior between October 11 and 14 at 624-2141 to reserve a composter and enjoy free, to-your-doorstep delivery! Through the City of Thunder Bay's Composter Subsidy program, composters are only $25.  The fee is payable by credit card over the phone or at time of delivery by cheque or cash (exact change only please!). EcoSuperior will include all the information you need to get started, and you can simply give them a call if you ever have any questions about composting or rain water harvesting.

Mondays to Saturdays, Year Round: Household Hazardous Waste Depot
This is a great time to get rid of all your household hazardous waste before winter! The Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the City of Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility is free of charge for city residents, and you can drop off items all year round. Call 625-2195 for more info, or see our Household Hazardous Waste webpage.

Nov. 1–14: Great Pumpkin Compost Collection
Residents are encouraged to put Jack in the Box, not in the trash. Bins for Hallowe'en pumpkins will be set up from Nov. 1–14 at the Intercity Mall overflow parking area (across Fort William Road from the mall), County Fair Plaza and the Westfort Playfield. Remember: no plastic bags, no candles, and no trash. Pumpkins, cornstalks, and other compostables only please! For more information, see our Pumpkin Compost Collection webpage.

Waste Reduction Week is funded by the City of Thunder Bay and delivered by EcoSuperior. For more information on any of these programs during Waste Reduction Week visit and click on the Waste Reduction Week link, or call Shannon at 624-2142.

For more information on City of Thunder Bay waste diversion and recycling programs, contact Infrastructure & Operations Dispatch at 625-2195.