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October 22, 2019
Oxford County celebrates Waste Reduction Week 2019

Local students encouraged to join the Waste-Free Lunch Challenge

Did you know on average, a single student’s disposable lunch creates 18-30 kg of waste per year? This week is Waste Reduction Week in Canada and Oxford County and the Future Oxford Zero Waste Committee are encouraging everyone to go waste-free for lunch.

Whether you are sending it to school with your kids or taking it to work for yourself, challenge yourself to pack a waste-free lunch until October 27 and beyond. Get out your reusable containers and get packing!

A little prep work can create less waste, save your money and help the environment. According to, disposable lunches cost an average of $5.33 a day, while a waste-free lunch would cost an average of $3.51 a day.

Classes at schools across Oxford County will be tracking their waste as part of a contest to win a green cone digester for their school. The class that reduces its garbage and recycling the most, based on weight before and after the challenge, wins. The class with the lowest amount of waste and recycling overall during the challenge period will also receive the prize. Winners will be announced on Nov. 8.

For more information on Waste Reduction Week, visit



Dave Vermeeren, supervisor, Waste Management

“Achieving zero waste in Oxford is one of the key goals of the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and also supports Oxford County’s Zero Waste initiative. Together as a community, we can lead the way by encouraging and participating in initiatives the Waste-Free Lunch Challenge that will allow us to achieve “zero waste” together.”


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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 119,000 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 or follow our social media sites at Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at



Jenn Austin | Strategic Communication & Engagement
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