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Waste reduction and education

Quick Tips to Reduce Waste


  • Buy only what you really need
  • Avoid unnecessary packaging and individually wrapped items


  • Choose durable, reusable, and refillable items
  • Find ways to reduce everyday items like bubble-wrap, foam peanuts, wrapping paper, ribbons, string, rubber bands, twist-ties, and paper clips


  • Choose reusable bags and containers. Bring reusable mugs and bottles to quench your thirst and always pack a reusable shopping bag
  • Shop at second-hand stores and donate your used clothes if they're still in good condition
  • Repair what's broken
  • Sell, swap or give away what you no longer want or need


  • Good at sewing? Upcycle and turn any bland piece of clothing into an eye-catcher
  • Use your arts and crafts skills! You can create funky bracelets from plastic bags, lampshades from broken umbrellas, room dividers from CDs or even coffee tables from old windows


  • Participate in the City’s recycling and composting programs so you can divert waste from the landfill
  • Check out the City of Ottawa's Waste Explorer to find out how to dispose of items properly
  • Several household items can be taken back for reuse or recycling to more than 575 retailers in the Ottawa area. Visit the Waste Explorer for a retailer near you

Interested in finding out more?

Invite the Public Works and Environmental Services outreach team to provide a presentation about Ottawa’s green bin and recycling programs to your school or community group! All presentations are subject to audience size and outreach team availability.

All About Recycling (Activity book)

Learn more about Ottawa's recycling program through fun games and puzzles in our downloadable activity book!

All About Recycling