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Waste Reduction Week in Canada

October 21 - 27, 2019

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 wastefreelunches.org, 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.