Zero Waste Week 2019Export this event to calendar

Monday, October 21, 2019 (all day) to Friday, October 25, 2019 (all day)

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Join the Sustainability Office and campus partners for Zero Waste Week, an opportunity to learn more about reducing your personal waste on campus and how you can get support Waterloo's commitment to becoming a zero waste campus by 2035 through the Shift Zero Action Plan.

We're encouraging you to take the Zero Waste Challenge for one week, and we have lots of events and activities to help you get ready! Read more about the challenge and supporting activities below:

Zero Waste Challenge  |  Supporting Activities |   FAQs  |  Terms and conditions


Zero Waste Challenge

Are you ready for the mason jar challenge? The rules are simple:

  • Mason jar with waste inside against living wall backdrop in EV3Register your jar on the Zero Waste Challenge registration page
  • Collect your waste in a 500mL mason jar (or similar-sized container) for one week 
  • Recycling and composting do not count - use the bins across campus!
  • Complete the follow-up survey sent to your email by Friday, November 1 at 11:59pm
  • BONUS: Share your progress on social media using #WasteWeekUW and #ShiftZeroUW to help inspire others

We encourage you to try to keep your jar as empty as possible for the week. You can set your own difficulty - limit the challenge to your work/school day or take it one step further and collect your waste at home too. Either way, we hope you gain an awareness of how much and what kind of waste you produce in a week so you can start thinking about more sustainable swaps.

By completing the steps above, you will be entered to win one of these amazing prizes:

  • 1 grand prize pack (~$150 value): 
  • 1 of 3 zero waste prize packs (~$50 value each)
  • 1 W Store prize pack (~$50 value), generously donated by Print + Retail Solutions
  • 1 of 5 $10 gift cards to Zero Waste Bulk, generously donated by Zero Waste Bulk
  • 1 of 5 $10 WatCard top-ups!

AND BEST OF ALL, the prize packs come in an adorable tote made from 100% recycled materials - perfect for bringing your lunch AND repping UW Sustainability at the same time!


Supporting activities

We want to make sure you're equipped with all the tools you need for the Zero Waste Challenge! Here are a number of activities we'll be offering leading up the Zero Waste Week to help you out:

Activity Details Date/Location

Sort-A-Thon

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  • 30 seconds to sort 30 common items into the right bins
  • Participate for a chance to win one of two zero waste prize packs (~$50 value each), a $50 gift card to Zero Waste Bulk, or 1 of 5 $10 WatCard top-ups 
  • One entry per person (see terms and conditions)
  • Main campus dates
    • Oct 7 (11:30am-1:30pm) - SLC Marketplace 
    • Oct 8 (11:30am-1:30pm) - AHS foyer by FRSH
    • Oct 9 (11:30am-1:30pm) - STC atrium 
    • Oct 10 (11:30am-1:30pm) - EV3 foyer 
  • Residence booth dates

Waste reduction quiz

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  • Take the quiz!
  • Test your sorting smarts and find out if you're a Waste Warrior or a Recycling Rookie
  • Participate for a chance to win one of two zero waste prize packs (~$50 value each), a $50 gift card to Zero Waste Bulk, or 1 of 5 $10 WatCard top-ups
  • One entry per person (see terms and conditions)
  • Open online between Mon, Oct 7 at 8:00am and Fri, Oct 25 at 11:59pm

Lunch and Learn: Waste Management at UW 

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FAQs

We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you prepare for Zero Waste Week. If your question wasn't answered here, please reach out to the Sustainability Office.


Terms and conditions

Location 
Across campus
University of Waterloo

Waterloo, ON
Canada

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