Waste Reduction Week starts October 21

Simple actions can help reduce waste

Key facts

Take advantage of free City programs to reduce waste and promote reuse including Goods Exchange weekends, ReCycle bike reuse, and Paint+ Reuse for free paints, cleaning and car care products, and other household repair supplies. Whether dropping off or picking up, using these programs helps reuse items that could otherwise end up in a landfill.

Media release

Guelph, Ont., October 17, 2019—The City is celebrating Waste Reduction Week in Canada October 21–27. There are many ways Guelphites can reduce their waste, and Waste Reduction Week has outlined seven daily themes to help people get started. The Guelph Tool Library and the University of Guelph are also hosting free, local activities focused on reducing waste, including a repair café. 

“Our community plays a critical role in reducing the amount of waste in Guelph,” says Heather Connell, Manager, Business and Technical Services of the City’s Solid Waste Resources. “We have lots of great resources for Guelphites to learn how they can make more sustainable day-to-day choices – checkout guelph.ca/waste. We also have practical programs to help people reuse everything from paint and car wax to bikes and furniture.”

Residents can make a big difference by making sustainable choices, sorting waste properly, and taking advantage of Waste Reduction Week activities and City programs including:

  • The Guelph waste app: Download the Guelph Waste app to help you sort properly and sign up for collection day calendar reminders.
  • Goods Exchange: Goods Exchange weekends take place over the long weekends in May and September and are a great opportunity for Guelph residents to exchange reusable household materials like furniture, appliances, toys and more for free.
  • ReCycle bike reuse: Guelph residents can drop off their unwanted bikes and bike parts and can also pick up a bike for free.
  • Paint+ Reuse: This program helps ensure usable products, like paint, stains, cleaning products and more, don’t go to ‘waste’. Products can be dropped off or picked up for free.
  • Hazardous Waste Depot: Guelph residents can drop off hazardous waste year-round for recycling and safe disposal such as paint, batteries, fluorescent tubes and bulbs.
  • Curbside battery collection: The City offers curbside battery collection every fall.
  • Recycling Zone: Guelph residents can drop off items year-round for recycling and reuse, including things like electronic waste (cell phones, computers, etc.), scrap metal, clothing and much more.

Our Food Future

Waste Reduction Week focuses on the principles of a circular economy to eliminate waste through continual use of resources. Guelph takes an innovative approach on waste reduction and is ready to tackle the issue of food waste and insecurity through Our Food Future, a circular food system approach where everyone can access nutritious food and nothing is wasted. Our Food Future is a Smart Cities Challenge initiative between the City of Guelph and County of Wellington.

Waste Reduction Week events and activities in Guelph

  • Guelph Tool Library Repair Café at Three Willows United Church, 577 Willow Road. Saturday, October 19 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • We the Ward Halloween costume swap at Royal City Brewing Company, 199 Victoria Road South. Monday, October 21 from 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Redefining Waste at the University of Guelph, Macdonald Hall, Room 232, 74 Macdonald Street. Wednesday, October 23 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
  • Upcycle Dinner at the Church of the Apostles, 86 Glasgow Street North. Sunday, October 27 from 5 – 7 p.m.

About Waste Reduction Week in Canada

Waste Reduction Week in Canada is a national campaign created by the Recycling Council of Ontario that aims to empower all Canadians to adopt more environmentally conscious choices. Waste Reduction Week provides information and ideas to reduce waste in all facets of daily living, creating the solutions to the many environmental challenges Canadians face including climate change, water pollution and preservation of natural resources.


Media Contact

Heather Connell, Manager, Business and Technical Services
Solid Waste Resources, Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2082
[email protected]