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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 - October 16 - 22, 2017

Waste Reduction Week 2017 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. 14 - Waste Reduction and Recycling Information Fair at Intercity Shopping Centre
Join the City of Thunder Bay, EcoSuperior, Let's Talk Science and Confederation College Waste Management students at Intercity Shopping Centre for this information fair on Saturday, Oct. 14. Learn what you can do to reduce your "waste-line" at this interactive and educational event. Bring your questions, pick up some giveaways, and enter a draw for great prizes! Find us in the Kia Court between 10 am - 6 pm.

Monday, Oct. 16 - Waste Reduction Week Launch
The kick-off to the week’s events will take place at St. Thomas Aquinas School School. Representatives from the City, EcoSuperior and the school will be there to speak about the school’s waste reduction initiatives and the events planned for Waste Reduction Week. Watch for it in the news!

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 7 pm - A Plastic Ocean, Paramount Theatre
Join EcoSuperior, the City of Thunder Bay and the Environmental Film Network for a free screening of A Plastic Ocean, an adventure documentary that reveals the causes and consequences of plastic pollution and shares solutions. Learn what you can do to reduce plastic waste. Sign the pledge and choose to refuse single use plastics in your life! This event is also supported by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.

Wednesday, Oct. 18 - 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 starts at 2 pm, and there will be a shuttle service from the CLE at 1:40 pm. Call 624-2141 (EcoSuperior) for pick-up locations and to reserve your seat, as space is limited!

Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 pm, EcoSuperior Boardroom - Workshop: Composting 101
Composting is a simple way to reduce your curbside trash by as much as 30 percent and provides a great source of superb natural fertilizer for your lawn and garden.  Learn the ins and outs of both indoor (vermicomposting) and backyard composting including troubleshooting and tips.

Visit or call 624-2141 to register for this FREE workshop.

Oct. 19-20 - Composter Delivery Service
Take advantage of our complimentary composter delivery service offered exclusively during Waste Reduction Week! Reserve a composter between October 10th and 18th and enjoy free, to-your-doorstep delivery the following week! Composters are $25 payable by credit card over the phone or at time of delivery by cheque or cash (exact change only please!). We’ll include all the information you need to get started. Call 624-2141 to register for the FREE workshop or to reserve your composter for delivery.

October 17 - 21 - Classroom Presentations
EcoSuperior has exciting new presentations and activities for your classroom during Waste Reduction Week! These fun and interactive presentations will help students learn the importance of reducing single-use plastics in our daily lives.
• 2-4: Early Bird Gets the…plastic? - Students review the importance of reducing waste and get to mimic a bird’s life in a plastic-filled environment.
• 5-8: Packaging Analysis - Students analyze product packaging through a waste-reduction lens – is there some plastic packaging we can avoid?
•Tour the Solid Waste and Recycling Facility - Nothing gives a better perspective of how much waste a community produces as a trip to the local landfill. Email to inquire about tours

Call 624-2147 or email  for more information on scheduling presentations!

Waste Reduction Week Contests and Giveaways!
•Zero Waste Photo Contest
•Get Caught Recycling
•Waste Reduction Week Trivia
•Information Displays

Nov. 1–13: 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.

New this year! Join the 1st Annual Thunder Bay Pumpkin Parade at Hillcrest Park on November 1 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Bring your jack o' lanterns to share your creativity, or just come to check out all the pumpkins on display! Volunteers will have candles to light up your masterpiece. Pumpkins on display will join the Great Pumpkin Compost Collection after the event.  For more information, visit the Facebook Event Page.

Household Hazardous Waste Depot
Don’t throw that hazardous waste away! The Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the City of Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility is free of charge for city residents. You can drop off items all year round, including paints, cleaners, batteries, fertilizers, medicines and more. Call 684-2195 for additional info.

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.