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Textiles, e-waste and plastics, oh my!

Get involved in Waste Reduction Week activities on campus

October 12, 2023 — 

Waste Reduction Week 2023 is Oct. 16 to 20, and the Office of Sustainability has some interactive events planned to help us all explore the themes of a circular economy. Students, faculty, staff and visitors can learn more about waste created by textiles, electronics, plastics and foods and can get involved with reduction on each day of the week.

The Office of Sustainability (OOS) will be hosting Waste Reduction Week events Oct. 17 to 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fort Garry Campus in the University Centre CAMPO food court. Here’s what you can expect!

Textiles Tuesday

What happens to the clothes we throw away? Learn more and discuss the impacts of fast fashion and the clothing industry on our planet on Oct. 17.

E-waste Wednesday

The OOS is hosting an electronic waste and battery drive on Oct. 18. Drop off your old electronics and batteries for recycling and learn more about where your e-waste ends up.

Plastics Thursday: Campus cleanup

Bring a friend and participate in the UM Waste Reduction Week Campus Cleanup on Oct. 19. Cleanup supplies, like pickers and bags, will be provided at the OOS booth in the CAMPO food court starting at 11 a.m. and can be returned by 2 p.m.

Food waste Friday

Are you interested in learning more about the UM organic waste stream? Play the waste sorting game and test your knowledge on Oct. 20!

All in for net zero

Waste is one of the four pillars of the UM Climate Action Plan, and Waste Reduction Week highlights just a few of the things you can consider when trying to reduce your own carbon footprint.

Follow the Office of Sustainability on Instagram to learn more about its waste initiatives and how you can reduce your waste at home. Happy Waste Reduction Week!

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