Waste Week: May 10 – May 14

Welcome to week two of the Ottawa Green Business Challenge!

Monday May 10th: Do a Waste Audit 

1 point for completing this challenge 

  • Complete a 1-day waste audit at work or home office. 
  • Tip for a simplified audit – estimate the percentage of each materials group: garbage, paper recycling, glass/plastic/metal recycling, organics 

Waste Audit Submission Form


Wednesday, May 12th: Zero Waste Meal Day 

1 point for completing this challenge 

  • Pack or make a lunch that doesn’t include anything destined for the landfill. 
  • Avoid using anything disposable – including plastic wrap, aluminum foil, napkins, stir sticks, coffee cups, etc… 
  • Try out the IKEA Scrapsbook for inspiration! 

Zero Waste Meal Day Submission Form


Friday, May 14th: Repurpose/Donate One Item 

1 point for completing this challenge 

  • Repurpose one item at home or work that would have otherwise been discarded. 
  • Keep materials in use and extend the lifecycle of resources by donating items you no longer use to a donation collection, buy nothing group, etc. 

*Follow COVID safety protocols.*  

Repurpose/Donate Day Submission Form

Weekly Tips

Maximize Natural Lighting

Did you know that taking advantage of natural light can lead to significant health and wellness benefits while lowering your energy consumption?

Be strategic in how you set up your home office, desk, or workspace to maximize natural light coming in. Placing your desk near a window or installing a well placed mirror can amplify natural light.

You can adjust your workspace or even your working hours seasonally to maximize the benefits and minimize your carbon footprint!

Learn more here!

Buy in Bulk

Buying in bulk is a great way to cut carbon by reducing packaging (embodied carbon and waste) and reducing shipping emissions. Plus, one trip is better than ten. 

Bonus: it will likely reduce waste as staff and management begin to keep a close eye on purchasing cycles.

Learn more here!

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