It's Waste Reduction Week in Canada and this year marks the 20th Anniversary.

Since 2001, national initiatives and waste education have been brought to the forefront during the third week of October.  

Manager of Waste and Recycling with the Town of Cochrane, Fabrizio Bertolo says this week is all about waste education. He says the Town is sharing tips all week long on how to reduce our ecological footprint.

"It's a good opportunity for us to send out some messages about what we can do to improve the way we manage our waste and rescue the impact we have on the environment," explains Bertolo.

As part of  Waste Reduction Week, the Cochrane Eco Centre hosts a shredding event each year.

Bertolo says that if you have any personal papers kicking around and don't want to leave a paper trail, you can 'Shred It' at the Cochrane Eco Centre this weekend.

"We're going to offer a free shredding event to all Cochrane residents and businesses this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.,"

Cochranites can bring up to three bankers' boxes of personal papers that they'd like to safely dispose of and they will be shredded on-site.

Bertolo says there's no charge for the event, but as always the Eco Centre will gladly accept monetary donations for a local charity. All funds from this year's event will be donated to the Helping Hands Society of Cochrane and area.

The 'Shred It' event is taking place this Saturday, October 23 at the cul de sac next to the Cochrane Eco Centre located at 50 Griffin Industrial Point.