Celebrating Waste Reduction Week in Charlottetown

Celebrating Waste Reduction Week in Charlottetown
Posted on 10/05/2023
The City of Charlottetown's Waste Reduction Week returns Oct. 16 to 22 and encourages the community to come together and take action on reducing waste and promoting sustainability.

“The City of Charlottetown recognizes the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling and the role waste management plays in achieving a healthy and sustainable community” said Charlottetown Mayor Philip Brown. “Waste Reduction Week is a perfect opportunity for residents to learn more about reducing our waste generation and the waste management resources that are available in our community.”

The Environment and Sustainability Department has once again partnered with several local organizations to offer events throughout the week and highlight the businesses and waste reduction services available in Charlottetown. Explore the exciting line-up of Waste Reduction Week events below:

o Charlottetown Tool Library Incentive
Date: Monday, Oct. 16 to Sunday, Oct. 22
Website: Charlottetown Tool Library
Details:  All annual memberships purchased from the Charlottetown Tool Library will be half-price, costing only $25! Only purchases made during Waste Reduction Week will qualify.

o Virtual Film Screenings
Date: Monday, Oct. 16 to Sunday, Oct. 22
Website: Eventbrite
Details: The City of Charlottetown and Happy Ocean have teamed up to offer virtual screenings of the short films “Plastic Is Forever” and “Everything Connects”. Both films are part of the video series titled “Kids Can Save the Planet” created by Dylan D’Haeze. Register using the Eventbrite link above to get access to the films. Note that the films will only be accessible during Waste Reduction Week.

o Second-hand Stores Incentive
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 17
Details: Shop at one of these local second-hand stores on Tuesday, Oct. 17 and receive a special discount or perk as part of Waste Reduction Week! Thank you to the participating local stores for helping the community reduce textile waste.
Green Eye Design (15% off)
Luxury Market Designer and Brand Consignment (15% off)
Mission Thrift Store (donations receive a 15% off coupon)
Repeats Quality Used Family Clothing and Costumes (15% off)

o Battery Recycling Drive
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 18
Details: Are you looking to get rid of your old household batteries? Recycle them at the Call2Recycle dropbox located in front of City Hall (199 Queen St.) on Wednesday, Oct. 18 and you could win a prize provided by Call2Recycle!

Can’t make it on Oct. 18? Visit Call2Recyle’s website  to find the nearest battery drop-off location.

o Fix It Fair
Date: Saturday, Oct. 21
Website: Charlottetown Fix it Fair
Details: The Fix It Fair will be held at the Charlottetown Library Learning Centre on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This free event will include a Repair Café, workshops, and information booths.
Repair Café:
The Repair Café will feature talented “fixers” with a variety of skills who have volunteered their services to assist in the free repair of various household items. The role of the fixers is not only to repair broken items but to share their knowledge so participants can perform similar repairs at home. Participants can bring in one item per person, such as a small appliance or item of clothing, to be repaired by the skilled on-site fixers, free of charge.

• Volunteer at the Fix it Fair!
Are you interested in lending your skills and participating in the Fix It Fair as a "fixer"? We are looking for people with repair skills for all kinds of household items including clothing, small household appliances, electronics, jewelry, etc. To learn more about volunteering at this exciting community event, please contact [email protected]

Please visit the 2023 Charlottetown Waste Reduction Week webpage for more information.

Waste Reduction Week is part of national Circular Economy Month, Canada’s first-ever public awareness campaign dedicated to raising awareness about the benefits of the circular economy and celebrating circular innovations. Visit the Circular Economy Month webpage to learn more and get involved.