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Zero Waste Week 2018
Oct 15 – Oct 19 all-day

Join the Sustainability Office for Zero Waste Week to reduce your material footprint and support our campus goal of becoming a zero waste campus by 2035. 

We’re encouraging you to take the Zero Waste Challenge for the week, and have a number of events and activities to support you! Read more about the challenge and supporting activities below:

Zero Waste Challenge  |  Sort-A-Thon  |  Waste reduction quiz  |  Reducing Your Material Footprint open lecture  |  Waste Mountain  |  Terms and conditions

Zero Waste Challenge

Are you ready for the challenge? The rules are simple:

Register your jar on the Zero Waste Challenge registration page

Collect your waste on campus in a 500mL mason jar (or similar-sized container) for one week 
Recycling and composting do not count – use the bins across campus!
Complete the follow-up survey sent to your email
BONUS: Share your progress on social media using #ZeroWasteUW and help inspire others

By completing the steps above, you will be entered to win a zero waste grand prize pack (~$100 value), one of five smaller zero waste prize packs (~$40 value), or one of five $10 WatCard top-ups. See full terms and conditions below. 

We encourage you to try to keep your jar as empty as possible for the week. More importantly, we hope you gain an awareness of how much and what kind of waste you produce in a week so you can start thinking about more sustainable changes.

Supporting activities

We want to make sure you’re equipped with all the tools you need for the Zero Waste Challenge! Here are a number of activities we’ll be offering leading up the Zero Waste Week to help you out:



30 seconds to sort 30 common items into the right bins
Participate for a chance to win one of two zero waste prize packs (~$40 value) or one of five $10 WatCard top-ups 
One entry per person (see terms and conditions)

Across campus between Mon, Sept 24 and Fri, Oct 19
Stay tuned on social media for pop-up dates

Waste reduction quiz

Test your sorting smarts and find out if you’re a Waste Warrior or a Recycling Rookie
Participate for a chance to win one of two zero waste prize packs (~$40 value) or one of five $10 WatCard top-ups
One entry per person (see terms and conditions)

Open online between Tues, Oct 9 at 8:00am and Fri, Oct 19 at 11:59pm

Open lecture – Reducing Your Material Footprint

Learn about global and local waste challenges
Find out what Waterloo is doing and how you can get involved

Mon, Oct 15 at 12-1pm in RCH 307
Visit our registration page for more information

Waste Mountain

Once again, all the garbage produced in DC will be placed on the green space beside the building for the week
Let’s see if we can shrink the mountain this year!

Mon, Oct 15 – Fri, Oct 19 next to DC

Terms and conditions


You must be a student or employee at UWaterloo, aged 18 years or older and residing in Ontario. 


Zero Waste Challenge

The challenge starts on Monday, October 15, 2018. (Registration will open on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 8:00am.)
The follow-up survey will be open until Friday, October 26, 2018 at 11:59pm.
The registration form and follow-up survey must both be completed to be entered into the prize draw.
One entry per person.


Visit a pop-up booth across campus and provide your name and or email upon completion to be entered into the prize draw. One entry per person.

Waste Reduction Quiz

Complete the online quiz and provide your or email to be entered into the prize draw.
The quiz will be available from Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 8:00am until Friday, October 19, 2018 at 11:59pm.

Winner selection

The selected winners will be notified by Tuesday, October 30, 2018.
The selected winner must answer a skill testing question correctly before obtaining the prize and being declared winner. If incorrectly answered, another entrant will be selected randomly. 
Selection of winners is randomized, where chances of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

Reducing Your Material Footprint – Open Session @ RCH
Oct 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

To kick off Zero Waste Week, join the Sustainability Office to learn about reducing your material footprint! 
This session will challenge you to think differently about how buy items at home and at work, and will provide interactive waste reduction training and resources, including composting and recycling.We’ll finish off the session with the Waste Sorting Challenge, where you’ll have 30 seconds to sort common waste items and be entered to win prizes.
You’ll also be able to pick up a free mason jar to take the Zero Waste Challenge!


The circular economy

Local and provincial changes

Waterloo’s direction

Recycling and composting

Moving beyond recycling

Waste sorting challenge

For more information and to register, please visit our registration page. 

Please note that this session is being specially offered for Waste Reduction Week and is part of our Sustainability Certificate, a seven module course for University employees. If you are an employee and would like to attend the other sessions in the series, please visit the Sustainability Certificate webpage for more information. (You will be awarded credit for SUS105 – Reducing Your Material Footprint.)