Zero Waste Week 2020: Home EditionExport this event to calendar

Monday, October 19, 2020 (all day) to Friday, October 23, 2020 (all day)

 


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The Sustainability Office invites you to participate in Zero Waste Week 2020: Home Edition! From October 19-23, we encourage you to take the zero waste mason jar challenge to get a better understanding of how much waste you generate in one week - you might be surprised! We'll also be sharing other exciting activities and resources on our social media throughout October, on topics such as:

  • Shift Zero logoStrategies for reducing food waste
  • Waste sorting guidelines (on campus and in Waterloo Region)
  • Specialty recycling programs and donation guidelines during COVID-19
  • Repairing and upcycling clothing and textile waste
  • And much more!

To learn more about Waterloo's commitment to becoming a zero waste campus by 2035, check out our Shift Zero Action Plan.
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Read more about the challenge and supporting activities below:

Zero Waste Challenge  |  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 destined for landfill in a mason jar (or similar-sized container) for one week 
  • Recycling and composting do not count toward your jar
  • Complete the follow-up survey (which will be sent to your email if you registered) by Monday, November 2, 2020 at 11:59pm
  • BONUS: Share your progress on social media using #WasteWeekUW and #JoinTheShiftUW to help inspire others

By completing the steps above, you will be entered in a random prize draw to win one of these amazing prizes (see terms and conditions):

  • $100 gift card to Zero Waste Bulk
  • 1 of 5 $50 gift cards to Zero Waste Bulk
  • 1 of 10 $10 WatCard top-ups

Note: There is no 'winning' or 'losing' the challenge at the end of the week. The goal of the challenge is to bring awareness to how much and what kind of waste we produce in a week and to reflect on opportunities for more sustainable swaps. We encourage you to try to keep your jar as empty as possible for the week, though we acknowledge that COVID-19 presents unique challenges to waste reduction.


    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
    WORKSHOP: TACKLING FOOD WASTE
    • Learn about strategies for reducing food waste, including how to extend the life of produce, how to preserve produce before it goes bad, how to regrow from food scraps, and some delicious recipes to use food scraps up!
    • All attendees will be entered in a random prize draw to win a microgreen starter kit ($50 value) (see terms and conditions)

    Wed, Oct 21 | 7-8pm

    WASTE WARRIOR QUIZ
    • Test your sorting smarts and find out if you're a Waste Warrior or a Recycling Rookie
    • Participate for a chance to win:
      • 1 of 3 $50 gift cards to Zero Waste Bulk
      • 1 of 5 $10 WatCard top-ups 
    • One entry per person (see terms and conditions)

    Open online between Mon, Oct 19 at 9:00am and Fri, Oct 30 at 11:59pm

    SHOW US YOUR SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGE
    • Submit a photo or video of how you're taking action on our weekly Sustainability Tips for a chance to win a weekly $50 WatCard top-up
    • All tips shared in October are related to waste reduction
    • Tips are shared Monday mornings on the Sustainability Office Instagram and Twitter accounts (@uwsustainable)

    Weekly, Sep 14 - Nov 30


    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

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