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News Release

Durham Region celebrates Waste Reduction Week

WHITBY, ON October 18, 2016

The Regional Municipality of Durham has recognized Waste Reduction Week from Oct. 17 to 22, with an official proclamation on behalf of Regional Council.

“The Region of Durham is joining municipalities across Canada in celebrating Waste Reduction Week, a campaign to educate, engage and empower Canadians to reduce waste,” said Susan Siopis, Commissioner of Works for The Regional Municipality of Durham. “We encourage Durham residents to make a special effort to reduce their waste this fall and all year round.”

In celebration of Waste Reduction Week, residents are invited to view a series of educational displays that are set up at Durham Regional Headquarters from Oct. 17 to 21. There is also a clothing collection bin in the main lobby of Durham Regional Headquarters; clothes will be donated to the Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline program.

On Oct. 22, residents can drop off reusable items free of charge at the Durham Region Waste Management Centre in Whitby for Reuse Day. Also on Oct. 22, there are electronic waste collection events taking place in Pickering and Scugog. For more information, visit www.durham.ca/wasteevents.

“Reducing waste is everyone’s business! During Waste Reduction Week, we encourage residents to minimize their waste production through reducing, reusing, and recycling in both the workplace and at home,” said Craig Bartlett, Manager of Waste Operations. “Choosing a reusable coffee mug, buying products in bulk to reduce packaging, and bringing reusable bags when you go shopping are all great ways to reduce waste every day.”

To learn more about Waste Reduction Week in Canada, visit www.wrwcanada.com. For more information about waste reduction in Durham Region, visit www.durham.ca/waste.

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