City joins cam­paign to pro­mote waste re­duc­tion

Regina Leader-Post - - CITY + REGION -

The City of Regina has pro­claimed Oct. 15 to 19 Waste Re­duc­tion Week as it joins other cities across Canada in a na­tional en­vi­ron­men­tal cam­paign.

The cam­paign is meant to raise aware­ness around is­sues of sus­tain­able and re­spon­si­ble con­sump­tion and pro­motes ac­tions to di­vert more waste from the land­fill.

“This year, we are fo­cus­ing on re­duc­ing food waste,” Mayor Michael Fougere said in a news re­lease. “In Regina, food waste makes up 30 per cent of waste in res­i­den­tial garbage carts and of that, over half was ed­i­ble at some point, mean­ing half the food waste was avoid­able.”

The city is en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to take part in the Food Waste Chal­lenge, which in­cludes a quiz to learn how small, every­day ac­tions can help re­duce the amount of food waste be­ing cre­ated.

Tips in­clude plan­ning your meals in ad­vance, mak­ing a gro­cery list to make sure you don’t dou­ble up on sup­plies, stor­ing food prop­erly to make it last, date your leftovers and find cre­ative ways to use them in your next meal and turn­ing food waste into com­post.

“It’s not just this week — we can con­tinue to re­duce our food waste through­out the year and di­vert this ma­te­rial and other re­cy­clables from the land­fill,” said Lisa Le­gault, di­rec­tor of solid waste, in the re­lease. “We want res­i­dents to take ac­tion in their homes and at the store by adopt­ing more en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious choices.”

Visit Regina.ca/re­duce from Oct. 15 to 19 to take the quiz and Regina.ca/waste for more tips on com­post­ing and other strate­gies.

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