Waste Reduction Week or WRW is an event, held every October, that aims to increase public awareness on how the impact of waste affects society, the economy, and the environment. The motto of this event is ‘Waste Reduction Week is Too Good To Waste.’ The ‘Clean Nova Scotia’ organisation held its first Waste Reduction Week 14 years ago, and it is also celebrated in other countries now. WRW focuses on the reduction of solid waste and follows the three R’s: reuse, reduce, and recycle, stressing the importance of reducing utilisation of valuable resources like energy and water.
The three R’s are listed in order of priority. The first step is to reduce. If you do not need something, do not accept or buy it, but use consumer power to make a powerful statement. Procure long-lasting goods with minimal packaging. Keep your belongings well maintained.
In early 1990s, the reduction of litter and waste was a general issue in Nova Scotia, and its new Waste Reduction Strategy had a 50 percent target of diversion. The province reached a diversion of 50 percent in 2001 but public interest has waned since then.
Now, is the time to turn a spotlight onto waste reduction and concentrate on utilisation and buy patterns, so that all of us will first reduce and rethink, second reuse, and thirdly, recycle.