Zero waste

Last update: October 7

With the City of Pointe-Claire’s Zero-Waste Challenge beginning on September 28, 2020, the various tabs of the page will be updated as the challenge progresses, providing details on the workshops and experiences of the participating families. From September to December, visit this page every week to find out what’s new. It’s a great opportunity to learn more and maybe even launch your own zero-waste challenge!

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Beginning in September, eight households are participating in the Zero-Waste Challenge for five months to adopt best practices in waste management. To do so, they will rely on a diagnosis of their lifestyle, a realistic objective based on their reality, tips and tricks, a coaching service and telephone support. A conference and personalized workshops will also be offered: making homemade household products, making personal-care products and preparing zero-waste lunch boxes.


Sayed Family – District 1

Three-generation family with three adults and two children

Reduction objective: 20 %

“We want to participate in the challenge to do our part to alleviate our carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable society for our children. We chose to live in Pointe-Claire because of its innovation in sustainable practices and its community spirit. Now, we would love to represent those values and play a more active role in conserving and honouring the earth’s resources.”

Grajdieru Family – District 2

Family with two adults, one child, two dogs and two cats

Reduction objective: 20 %

“We’re a family committed to reducing our ecological footprint: we compost, recycle and dispose of hazardous materials in a responsible way. We are careful with our purchases (reduce) and we reuse as much as possible. We would be interested in getting pro tips on how to get even better, especially at reducing our recycling output and increasing our energy efficiency. The challenge would also motivate us to implement more green measures!”

Robson Family – District 3

Family with one adult, two teenagers and a dog

Reduction objective: 20 %

“We are pretty good at reducing our waste. We compost and recycle as much as we can. We definitely try to reduce wasteful purchases, but a lot of stuff still finds its way into the house. We reuse, repurpose or give away as much as possible, to avoid putting things in the garbage. I am sure there is more we can do to further reduce the amount of waste we produce.”

Oldeman Family – District 4

Family with two adults and two children

Reduction objective: 20 to 40 %

“We are sensitized to such things as pollution, climate change, and the importance of reducing our ecological footprint. We do a certain number of things already, yet we’re pretty sure we could do more. We don’t know whether it will be possible for our family to entirely eliminate the waste that we produce, but we would be very interested in learning more ways to reduce it.”

Roy Family – District 5

Family with two adults and two children

Reduction objective: 20 to 40 %

“Like all families with young children, we are short of time and find the work-school-family balance quite difficult. We are also aware that we consume a lot, and we try to reduce our waste, but it seems to take us a lot of time. By participating in this project, we hope to gain knowledge, resources and tools to help us. We think it’s an inspiring and unifying project for our family.”

Mack Family – District 6

Family with four adults and a dog

Reduction objective: 20 to 40 %

“We already make a lot of efforts to reduce our waste. We would like to learn more about reducing waste when we buy and doing more things ourselves. We would like our boys, who are young adults who agree with the principles, to become more involved in waste reduction. We hope that this challenge will enable us to share our knowledge with others.”

Korf Family – District 7

Family with three adults and a dog

Reduction objective: 20 to 40 %

“We care deeply about our environment and are very concerned about what we are doing to our planet. We believe we can all make a difference. Like many people, we do our best but are sometimes not sure we are doing the right things the right way. We want to do more and advocate and inform others.”

Gonzalez-De la Pena Family – District 8

Family with two adults and two children

Reduction objective: 20 to 40 %

“Conscious of the fact that some of the materials we put in the recycling bin may end up in landfills, we concluded that the best way to deal with this is to reduce at the source and generate less waste. We are all in for the Zero-Waste Challenge!”

Homan Family – Municipal Council

Family with two retired adults

Reduction objective: 20 %

As a City Councillor I believe that I should learn more about this so that I can understand the concerns of Pointe-Claire citizens. As residents, my husband and I try very hard to be environmentally responsible but realize we have more to learn. It is the right thing to do.


Come back over the next few weeks. This tab will be updated as the Zero-Waste Challenge progresses!


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The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (or FAO) estimated in 2011 that, globally, one-third of total food production is lost or wasted each year. In a 2019 study, researchers estimate that 30% of the food available in Canada is lost or wasted in a way that could have been avoided. This represents 11.2 tonnes of food, enough to feed all Canadians for five months.

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An easy first step towards reducing waste on a daily basis: the zero-waste lunch box

While washable items are easy to use at home, they’re often overlooked when it comes to lunches at work, at school or on the go. There are, however, a few simple habits that you can adopt.

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Online October 7, 2020

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The Québec Government has given the province’s cities the objective of recovering 70% of their recyclables by 2020. By 2019, the City of Pointe-Claire had already achieved a 78% recovery rate. This performance was thanks to citizens’ ongoing efforts to sort their waste.

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Does the zero-waste movement have its place in the COVID-19 pandemic?

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While washable items are easy to use at home, they’re often overlooked when it comes to lunches at work, at school or on the go. There are, however, a few simple habits that you can adopt.

  1. The zero-waste set

Opt for a reusable water bottle. With a wide range of shapes and colours available on the market, it’s easy to find one that suits your tastes and needs. And if you forget your bottle, you can always drink water from a glass or coffee mug! This makes it easy to eliminate disposable plastic water bottles. These bottles are usually made of PETE (plastic no.1), and are not designed to be used over and over again.

To avoid using small juice boxes with plastic straws, you can buy large containers of beverages and fill up small reusable bottles or flasks that will fit neatly in your lunch box.

Opting for a set of washable and reusable utensils along with a cloth napkin to keep in your lunch box, desk drawer or bag will help you put an end to non-recyclable and non-compostable single-use plastic utensils and paper napkins. After all, these utensils take up the same amount of space in bags as plastic ones, but they don’t end up in the garbage after meals! What’s more, you already have these items at home, so you don’t have to buy new ones. Tip: always have an extra set in your desk or bag in case you forget them! Some workplaces also equip their kitchen or cafeteria with a few sets of stainless-steel utensils for common use.

Bring a mug from home for your coffee at the office. As with water, hot beverages can be served in a washable coffee or tea cup. When you’re on the go, or if you prefer coffee or tea from a coffee shop, insulated cups are a good option.

  1. Eliminate packaging from your lunch box

Disposable plastic sandwich or snack bags can be replaced with small containers or reusable bags made of waxed fabric or silicone. Leftovers from last night’s dinner can be put in food-grade boxes or insulated containers. They make an excellent lunch for children and adults alike.

Yogurt can be purchased in large containers and served in small reusable ones.

Pre-packaged desserts or snacks, such as soft bars or cookies, can be purchased in bulk or in large quantities, kept in a well-sealed container and placed in small individual ones that can be reused every day. This solution is often more economical. There are also several recipes available for those who want to make them at home and then serve them in reusable containers.

A zero-waste lunch box inevitably means more dishes to wash. Many reusable containers can go in the dishwasher. To ensure that these items last a long time, it’s important to rinse them promptly after use to prevent mould from forming.

No matter what you decide to do, keep in mind that reducing waste at the source is a gradual process. Take it one step at a time without putting pressure on yourself, and you’ll soon realize that it can be done!


Suggested books:

  • Modern lunch : +100 recipes for assembling the new midday meal, Allison Day, Vancouver, British Columbia, Appetite by Random House, 2019
  • Lunchbox salads : more than 100 fast, fresh, filling salads for every weekday, Naomi Twigden and Anna Pinder. New York, NY : Da Capo Press, 2018
  • The best homemade kids’ lunches on the planet : make lunches your kids will love with over 200 deliciously nutritious lunchbox ideas, Laura Fuentes, Beverly, MA : Fair Winds Press, 2014


Come back over the next few weeks. This tab will be updated as the Zero-Waste Challenge progresses!

Recipes and methods for making household products will be unveiled in November.



Come back over the next few weeks. This tab will be updated as the Zero-Waste Challenge progresses!

Recipes and methods for making body balms will be unveiled in December.


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