Zero Waste Challenge

Challenge yourself for seven or thirty days to reduce your waste and improve your consumption habits. Give us feedback on this year's Challenge so we can make 2022 the best Challenge yet!

What is the Zero Waste Challenge?

Every October, we challenge Waterloo Region to try to fit all their waste destined for landfill into a mason jar for 7 or 30 days. We want to use the Challenge as an opportunity for residents to learn about their consumption habits and challenge themselves to find low-waste solutions to these habits!

You are encouraged to embrace the 5 Rs of Zero Waste: Refuse / Reduce / Reuse / Recycle / Rot (in that order!) to reduce the waste you generate. Accept the challenge as an individual, family, household or organization in 2022!

Why take the Zero Waste Challenge next year?

Less waste in the landfill means lower greenhouse gas emissions. Different choices and behaviours can also mean lower greenhouse gas emissions in the production and transport of goods and packaging. Less waste in our life reduces litter in our communities and natural areas. More than just being an eyesore, litter harms the environment and waterways we need to thrive.

Our Zero Waste Challenge aligns with Transformative Change #4 in the TransformWR Climate Action Strategy Report, meaning that by 2050, the Zero Waste Challenge will help equip and empower residents of Waterloo Region to use less, waste less, and no longer dispose of organic matter in landfills. This Challenge specifically aligns with actions listed under Strategy 4.2 (“Use less, and use it again,” p. 79) of the Climate Action Report. By taking the Zero Waste Challenge this year, you will be directly contributing to our region’s vision for an equitable, prosperous, and resilient low-carbon community.

Reducing the waste you create is an important part of living sustainably. By challenging yourself, your family and your coworkers you will learn about the amount of waste you generate and how to reduce waste in the future.

How do I participate?

Register and Prepare for Your Zero Waste Challenge

Grab a 1 litre mason jar and get ready for the challenge! Use resources such as our Zero Waste 101 blogs to help you figure out what can help you meet the challenge. Or, consider some options to personalize your challenge!

Connect With The ZWC Community

Learn from other participants in our Zero Waste Facebook group. We will send you emails throughout the challenge to encourage you and to share resources to help you along!

Fill Your Jar With Waste Destined For Landfill

For questions about what waste goes where, use the Region of Waterloo’s Waste Whiz to find out if something can be recycled or put in your green bin. Better yet, download the My Waste app offered by the Region for Android and Apple devices.

Reflect On Lessons Learned During Your Challenge

Whether you've taken the 7 or 30 Day Challenge, take time to reflect on what you've learned and done over the course of your challenge. What worked and what didn't? Is there room for improvement?

Give Us Feedback on Our 2021 Zero Waste Challenge!

Thanks for participating in this year’s Zero Waste Challenge! We want to know what you liked, what you didn’t, and what you think we can do better next year. This form will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Have Questions or Comments?

Get in touch at [email protected]. We are happy to assist you in making this Zero Waste Challenge as fun and impactful as possible!

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