Montreal West's pledge to a Circular Economy

Category : Environment
October 03, 2022

The Town is proud to renew our commitments towards sustainability by joining ‘Circular Economy Month’ – a nationwide public awareness campaign that is committed to waste reduction, resource conservation and community education for sustainable living. Learn more about the campaign, and check out the Town’s proclamation below!

This pledge goes hand in hand with the Town’s Residual Materials Management Policy and five-year Action Plan that serves as our guide to better managing our waste as well as further reducing waste at the source. 

What is the ‘Circular Economy’?  

Currently, our economies move linearly from resource extraction, to material usage, and onto waste disposal. This model is unfortunately putting a lot of pressure on our environment. The circular economy is a different way of doing things. A circular economy tries to keep materials and products in circulation for as long as possible by reusing, repairing, refurbishing, repurposing, or recycling materials and products.

What is the Town doing for Circular Economy Month?

As part of this year’s Circular Economy Month of October, the Town of Montreal West will be hosting two events:

  • the Town’s first Zero Waste Challenge. This initiative, which involves participating households to attend workshops and commit to weighing their waste every week, is part of the Town’s collective effort to strive for zero waste and increase the rate of residual materials diverted from landfill.
  • a “Trashy Art” contest whereby residents are invited to create costumes and decorations from materials found in their household recycling bins and existing craft supplies.

Finally, we are pleased to announce the launch of new educational materials on the Town website for tips and resources on zero waste living and how you can reduce food waste in your household. We encourage you to visit these new pages and learn more about what you can do as a household to promote a circular economy.