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Zero Waste Week & Challenge

Zero Waste Week

The Zero Waste Week & Challenge is a yearly, free event series dedicated to rethinking and innovating the way we approach waste. Come learn about upcycling, repurposing, composting, recycling, and the environmental and social implications of unsustainable waste management systems.


Leading up to the challenge week, we'll be offering workshops to help you make beeswax wraps (10th March), Produce bags (12th), and cold cup / bubble container DIY (13th). We'll also be organizing a clothing swap and a tabling fair. Check back in for details on dates, times, locations, and how to register.

The Zero Waste Challenge

In the Zero Waste Challenge, you commit to make as little landfill waste as possible for the entire week! Anything you make that belongs in the landfill (other than sanitary products) go into your reusable silicone bag for the week. Composting and recycling are ok, and so are things you find ways to reuse!

Zero Waste Kits & Reusable Container Drive

We'll provide you with a Zero Waste Challenge kit, which will include reusable containers, cutlery, a reusable straw, and other handy waste-curbing tools. Many items in the kits will be sourced from within our own community! We'll be asking Concordians to bring in those mugs, bottles, and tupperwares sitting unused in their cupboards to prevent the unnecessary use of new items. Look out for our collection bins on the week of February 17th in the Hall, GM, and MB.

Pledge to support student zero waste initiatives

On top of that, you can fundraise pledges to support Zero Waste Concordia initiatives, making your zero waste pledge go even further! Any funds you raise will support students implementing zero waste initiatives on campus, like curbing food waste, finding new uses for plastics, or making fuel out of waste. Our goal this year is to get 100 Concordians to take the challenge and to fundraise $10,000 for student zero waste initiatives. We can't wait to see what Concordians can do together!

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