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October 12, 2018
Waste Reduction Week in Oxford

Take part in a week of waste reduction events and education to support Oxford’s goal of a zero waste future


Oxford County residents are invited to take part in a week of events and activities for Waste Reduction Week in Canada running October 15-21, 2018.

The week begins with a kick-off event and open house on Monday, October 15 at 10:00 a.m. at the new, net-zero Waste Management & Education Centre. The open house runs until 2:00 p.m. and offers facility tours, interactive educational displays, and information about achieving zero waste and 100% renewable energy.

Oxford County residents also have a chance to win one of four green cones by sharing photos of their waste reduction success story on Twitter or Facebook using the  #WasteReductionWeek hashtag and tagging @OxfordCounty. Winners will be determined by a random draw after the contest closes at midnight on Monday, October 22.

Residents can purchase their own green cone or composter year-round at any local municipal office, including the Oxford County Administration Building in Woodstock, at prices that are subsidized 50% by the County. Green cones are underground composters that use solar energy to digest up to 1 kg of food waste every 1-2 days. Composters and green cones sell for $10 and $40 respectively through local municipalities and can be used all winter long.

Also during Waste Reduction Week, Oxford County, Future Oxford and other community partners will collect used mobile phones for the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) Phone it Forward program. Old working cell phones will be refurbished and adapted for use by people with sight loss. Collection boxes area at municipal offices, Oxford County Library branches and local churches.

The Wasteline.ca blog will share information and local events each day following Waste Reduction Week’s theme days: circular economy, textiles, champions and innovators, plastic and packaging, food waste, and e-waste and hazardous household waste. Follow Oxford County Wasteline at www.wasteline.ca or read the blog at www.wasteline.ca/blog.



Waste Reduction Week schedule

Monday, October 15

            Waste Reduction Week launch event
            Oxford County Waste Management & Education Centre
            384060 Salford Rd., Salford
            10:00 a.m. – Welcome
            10:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Open house

Tour the facility, use interactive educational displays, hear about the circular economy, and find out how solar power is used to offset the Waste Management & Education Centre’s total energy usage.

Tuesday, October 16

Textiles
Did you know that torn and worn clothing and textiles can still be donated, rather than ending up in the landfill? A blog post outlining alternatives to throwing used textiles in the landfill can be found on the Wasteline website at www.wasteline.ca/blog.

Tillsonburg Minor Hockey is donating up to 500 jerseys—weighing more than 200 lbs for the first delivery of 300-- to Diabetes Canada this week. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for pictures and to find out where you can donate your own used textiles.

Wednesday, October 17

Champions and innovators
Wednesday will be a celebration of champions and innovators when it comes to waste reduction. The Wasteline blog will feature Oxford’s local festival organizers who have taken zero-waste approaches at the Canterbury Festival, Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, Lions Club Fish Fry and more. This is also a great time to download the Zero Waste Event Planning Guide for information on making your own events zero-waste.

Thursday, October 18

Plastics and packaging
An estimated 12 billion tonnes of plastic will be lost to disposal by 2050. Read the Wasteline blog to find out what you can do to reduce your use of plastics for the health of the planet. You’ll also find information on avoiding improper or contaminated recyclables.

Students from College Avenue Secondary School, a successful Eco-school will visit the Oxford County Waste Management & Education Centre for a tour of the net-zero facility and to learn about waste diversion.

Friday, October 19

Food waste and “ugly food”
Take the food waste pledge and commit to making choices that will keep your food from becoming waste: visit www.wrwcanada.com. Don’t forget to check out the Wasteline blog for tips on what to do with “ugly food,” including local info about food preserving.

Saturday, October 20 & Sunday, October 21

Hazardous waste & e-waste
Batteries, fluorescent lights, aerosol cans and paint are hazardous household waste and should not be put out for garbage pickup. Read the Wasteline blog to find out where in Oxford County you can safely dispose of these items.

Swap-share-repair
By swapping, sharing or repairing your products, you extend their material lifecycles and keep them out of the waste stream. If you’re looking for how you can make an impact during Waste Reduction Week, why not host your own Swap-Share-Repair event? You can even register your event at www.wrwcanada.com.



Background

Waste Reduction Week is a national program designed to “celebrate our environmental efforts and achievements while encouraging new innovative ideas and solutions.”

Through initiatives like the Future Oxford Sustainability Plan and Zero Waste commitments, Oxford County is proud to embrace waste reduction efforts year-round and will be using Waste Reduction week to educate and inspire. In September 2015, Oxford County Council passed a motion to establish Oxford as a “zero waste” community, pledging that by 2025, 100% of Oxford-generated and non-hazardous industrial, commercial, institutional and residential solid waste disposal needs will be met by the Oxford Waste Management Facility. Waste Reduction Week is an opportunity to engage the community in a variety of interesting and innovative waste reduction discussions and activities.



Comment

Bryan Smith, Co-Chair, Zero Waste Oxford
“Waste Reduction Week is a chance to celebrate, educate and empower. Oxford County has taken a position of leadership in sustainability and by looking at the numerous, exciting ways County residents are already making a difference and diverting waste from the landfill, we can further innovate and inspire. There is so much that can be done to reduce waste and divert it from landfills – not only is doing so great for our environment and community, but it can be great fun, too.”



Social media and online content

Twitter: WastelineOxford
Facebook: Future Oxford
Wasteline blog: www.wasteline.ca/blog
Web: www.wrwcanada.com
Hashtag: #WasteReductionWeek



About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community, and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.


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