Zero waste island challenge (''Défi Île zéro déchet'')

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In order to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and promote citizens’ environmental commitment, the City of Laval launches its very first Zero waste island challenge (défi Île zéro déchet), a support program for families wishing to reduce significantly their volume of waste generated. This project is led jointly with CRE de Laval.

The Zero waste island challenge involves the support of 25 Laval households interested in striving towards a zero waste lifestyle. During 6 months, the 25 participating households will receive a customized diagnosis, tools and advice to help them achieve their reduction target.

This project will allow highlighting the reduction at source and the benefits for families, society and the environment. Participants will discover that small daily actions can have a great impact on their ecological footprint!

The City will document the program so that it contributes to the reduction of waste for the community of Laval as a whole.

Why strive towards a zero waste lifestyle?

  • For the environment: Reducing waste at the source means doing our part in the fight against the overexploitation of resources and the production of greenhouse gas emissions;
  • For our personal finances: by cutting down our consumption of goods, adopting minimalism principles and making everyday items, it is easy to save a lot of money;
  • For our health: questioning the harmfulness of certain products and rethinking our consumption habits help limit our exposure to toxic products;
  • For ourselves: working to reduce our waste means acting in accordance with our values and feeling like we can be part of the solution while acting on our own convictions.

What does the program include?

  • A zero waste kit ($100 value) automatically given to selected families.
  • One great prize of $1000 in zero waste groceries drawn among the participating households that met the criteria for participation.
  • Personalized support and individual sessions to help participants reflect on their consumption habits and identify their own reduction target, in accordance with their reality and their personal limits;
  • Workshops and monthly conferences about the adoption of zero waste habits;
  • Access to a variety of information, including digital resources and a weekly newsletter;
  • An evaluation of the reduction of waste achieved.

By taking up this challenge, you will participate to the emergence of a zero waste community relying on the exchange of knowledge and tricks!

Eligibility requirements

To qualify for the program, interested citizens must :

  • Be Laval residents for the duration of the project;
  • Be committed to set a waste reduction goal with the help of a zero waste lifestyle expert;
  • Carry out intermittend weighings of their waste for the duration of the project;
  • Engage in the workshops and conferences, which will be held online or in person, depending on the nature of the activity;
  • Participate to the launch event on October 5, 2022.


The deadline to apply is September 19, 2022. Selected families will be contacted by Conseil régional de l’environnement (CRE) de Laval during the week of September 26.  The support program will officially begin on October 3, 2022 and end in May 2023.

Register now!



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