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Waste Reduction Week: rethink, reduce, reuse and recycle!

October 15, 2014

WRW 2014 blog photoWaste Reduction Week happens the third week in October each year.  It’s your chance to join hundreds of Canadian’s across the country taking steps to cut waste and improve the environment.

At Red River College we tackle waste reduction every day!  In fact, we collect and recycle over 9 tonnes of paper, food and beverage containers and cardboard each month.  We can also proudly say that our College’s diversion rate is over 50%.  This is a huge accomplishment considering that Winnipeg’s residential diversion rate is about 28%.

During Waste Reduction Week, we want to encourage you to take action, rethink, reduce, reuse and recycle this week and every week on campus!

Here’s 3 ways you can participate:

Lug your Mug and WIN!
Disposable cups can’t be recycled and create a mountain of waste!
Get spotted lugging a reusable mug from 9:30am to 11:30am at these locations and you could WIN FREE coffee for a year!
Roblin Centre: Oct. 21 & 22 (Tim Horton’s)
Notre Dame Campus: Oct. 20 & 24 (Tim Horton’s – Mall)
Oct. 23 (Otto’s)
Regional Campus staff can participate as well. Send us a picture of you and your EcoMug and you’ll also be entered to win!

E-Waste Drop-off
Drop off old, broken or unused electronic equipment or small appliances sitting at home or in your office.
Electronic waste or (e-waste) can be dropped off at:
Notre Dame Campus (Library Hallway)
Roblin Centre, (William Building, near Shipping and Receiving)
Oct. 20-24 from 11:00am – 2:00pm

Confidential e-waste (RRC equipment and digital media with personal or confidential information) can be dropped off for recycling at designated recycling bins:
Notre Dame Campus: Room F102 (IT Solutions) – Contact, Neil Fog at (204) 632-2041 for access.  Roblin Centre: Shipping and Receiving area, W101.

Vermicomposting at work – Build your own worm bin!

Vermicomposting is easy and turns your food waste into worm food.
Join RRC’s Greenspace Management staff Dwayne Sayers and Ruth Rob to get the “poop” on vermicomposting and make a worm bin for your office. Sign up as an individual or attend the workshop as a staff team of up to 3 people.
Oct. 23, 12:05-12:55 pm
ETV studio, (GM33), Notre Dame Campus
Cost: FREE for those making a bin for office use
$20 for individuals making a worm bin for home use

RSVP on LEARN or by emailing

Check out Manitoba’s Waste Reduction Week calendar for other events and activities happening for families, communities and businesses.