Theme 4: Circular Waste

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Thanks for joining the challenge! You’ve selected Theme 4: Circular Waste as your climate change challenge. This page contains additional information to help you answer your challenge question.


About circular waste

Currently, consumerism is at an all-time high, where cheap materials, convenience, and single-use items seem to be dominating the market place. Inevitably, most of the things we buy end up in landfills, many of which are reaching capacity, if they haven’t already.

We live in a take-make-waste society, which is a linear system where raw materials are extracted, made into products and then discarded as waste. Additionally, not all waste ends up in the appropriate places. Litter is everywhere, from parks to creeks to oceans. This is where a circular economy comes into play. Instead of being thrown out, materials are used again and again, creating a loop.

Moving forward, a circular economy must be prioritized and litter needs to stay out of the environment to ensure safe, clean communities for people and wildlife.


Challenge questions

7. Determine how we might reduce the use of single-use plastics and keep them out of the environment. Learn more


8. Determine how we might encourage individuals to buy less and be more mindful about their purchasing behaviour. Learn more



Thanks for joining the challenge! You’ve selected Theme 4: Circular Waste as your climate change challenge. This page contains additional information to help you answer your challenge question.


About circular waste

Currently, consumerism is at an all-time high, where cheap materials, convenience, and single-use items seem to be dominating the market place. Inevitably, most of the things we buy end up in landfills, many of which are reaching capacity, if they haven’t already.

We live in a take-make-waste society, which is a linear system where raw materials are extracted, made into products and then discarded as waste. Additionally, not all waste ends up in the appropriate places. Litter is everywhere, from parks to creeks to oceans. This is where a circular economy comes into play. Instead of being thrown out, materials are used again and again, creating a loop.

Moving forward, a circular economy must be prioritized and litter needs to stay out of the environment to ensure safe, clean communities for people and wildlife.


Challenge questions

7. Determine how we might reduce the use of single-use plastics and keep them out of the environment. Learn more


8. Determine how we might encourage individuals to buy less and be more mindful about their purchasing behaviour. Learn more


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    09 Dec 2020

    Check out the following theme resources to familiarize yourself with the Connected Communities theme:

  • Learn more about the Climate Change Action Plan

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    09 Dec 2020

    In 2019, the City of Mississauga released its first ever comprehensive Climate Change Action Plan, with two main goals to tackle climate change, both corporately and in the community.

    • Goal #1: Mitigation: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050, with the long term goal of Goal becoming a net zero community
    • Goal #2: Adaptation: Increase resilience and the capacity of the city to withstand and respond to future climate events by taking action on the highest climate-related risks

    The Plan is broken up into five action pathways. The focus for this theme will be Action Pathway #3: Accelerating Discovery & Innovation and, more specifically, Action Pathway #16: Provide Strategic Direction on the Management and Diversion of Municipal Waste and Litter.

    Within those action pathways, the theme will focus on the following actions:

    • Sub-action 16-2: Develop and maintain industry and community partnerships to provide consistency, control operational costs, and improve waste diversion rates
    • Sub-action 16-3: Explore opportunities to implement the circular economy to reduce waste