December 11, 2017

Yes, your event can be waste free

New resource aims to redirect landfill-bound waste from local events and gatherings

Oxford County and Tourism Oxford, in partnership with Future Oxford and Transition to Less Waste, have introduced a new resource which aims to reduce the amount of trash generated from local events and festivals. The Zero Waste Event Planning Guide offers practical tips and suggestions, along with a growing list of local resources, to support events of all sizes, from office parties and family gatherings to large-scale affairs like the Canterbury Folk Festival.

First unveiled in November, the new guide supports Oxford County’s Zero Waste Plan, which aims to reduce the amount of garbage produced in, and exported out of, Oxford County by maximizing recovery efforts and extending the lifespan of the County’s landfill site to the year 2100. Achieving zero waste is also a target of the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan.

By following the principles of zero waste along with the other sustainable solutions suggested in the Zero Waste Event Planning Guide, event planners – both amateur and professional – can:

  • Reduce their ecological footprint
  • Contribute to the conversation on waste reduction
  • Support the local small business community
  • Demonstrate their organization’s commitment to the environment
  • Cut costs

The Zero Waste Event Planning Guide is another step toward ensuring Oxford County remains a great place to live and work for many generations to come. Download the free guide now.




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About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario, Oxford County represents the best of both worlds: urban communities full of life, and rural areas that are rich in natural resources. By leading a successful Waste Management program, Oxford County aims to extend the life of the local landfill through careful planning and an active diversion strategy.


About Future Oxford

Future Oxford’s Community Sustainability Plan is guiding decisions that will have a positive impact on our communities for generations to come. From protecting source water to reducing waste, the Plan puts forward a decision-making framework that aims to support and balance Oxford’s unique social, environmental and economic interests. For more, visit


About Transition to Less Waste

A grassroots organization based in Ingersoll, Transition to Less Waste is dedicated to educating communities on sustainable living practices. Through participation, education and cooperation, it aims to reduce Oxford County’s ecological footprint and, as a result, protect Canada’s natural resources and environment.


About Tourism Oxford

Tourism Oxford recognized Oxford County’s strengths are its natural environment, rich agricultural land, heritage and cultural opportunities. Tourism Oxford has therefore embraced Future Oxford’s sustainability commitments to preserve the tourism appeal and assets of Oxford County.



Donna Kemp | Strategic Communication & Engagement
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