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Plastic Free July at Ryerson

June 17, 2020

Plastic Free July is a global campaign, external link that aims to raise awareness about the amount of single-use plastics that we consume. Only 11 percent of plastic used in Canada is recycled, with the remaining 89 percent ending up in our landfills. Single-use plastics continue to pollute our waterways, break down in our ecosystems, and harm wildlife.

The COVID-19 crisis is reigniting a return to single-use plastics. For example, instead of focusing on a zero-waste lifestyle, some may be temporarily reintroducing more plastic into their lives as a precaution to limit disease transmission and prioritize public health and safety.

11% of plastic used in Canada is recycled

89% of plastic used in Canada ends up in landfills

However now more than ever, we are presented with the opportunity to make conscious decisions and come together to rethink how we use plastic. This pandemic is a reminder of how much plastic we produce and how we manage it. 

To take action, the Sustainability Team from Facilities Management Development (FMD) is launching a campus-wide initiative inviting students, faculty and staff to participate in a series of challenges. It takes 21 days to make a habit stick, which is why we are asking you to track your progress and conquer challenges together for the month of July. 

We hope that you view Plastic Free July at Ryerson with the same optimism and spirit of creativity that makes our community champions of change. 

Who can participate 

  • This challenge is open to all Ryerson students, faculty, and staff.
  • Groups of any size from a department or unit can participate, but the prize will be split among group members.
  • There is no limit on the number of groups that can represent one department or unit. 

How it works 

  • Each week, registered individuals or group participants will be emailed challenges under five action categories; Food, Personal Care, Community, Lifestyle, Pets, and Family.
  • Choose a minimum of three actions to complete over the course of each week. 
  • At the end of each week, participants will be asked to submit a form with their completed actions used to calculate their overall points.

The most powerful impact can be made through collective action. We hope participating in this initiative sparks inspiration and friendly competition among the Ryerson community. Along with bragging rights, winners will be awarded a Plastic Free July certificate and a $100 e-gift card from Pretty Clean Shop, external link!

Register Now!

Register to participate by emailing Participants can register on their own or with a group of any size.

Plastic free July 2020 contest rules and regulations

Ryerson University (the “Sponsor”) is holding a Plastic Free July Campaign from July 1st, 2020 to July 31st 2020 (the “Campaign”). The Sponsor is offering a challenge contest (the “Contest”) to encourage participation in the Campaign.

The Contest is open for entry from July 1st 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time until July 31st, 2020 at 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time (the “Contest Entry Period”).  All Contest Entries must be submitted during the Contest Entry Period.

The Contest is open to any individual (or groups of individuals) who meet the following criteria (hereinafter referred to as “Entrant” or “you”): 

(a) is a legal resident of Canada (except Quebec) at the time of the Contest Entry Period;

(b) is at least 18 years of age as of the start of the Contest Period; and 

(c) is currently a student, staff or faculty member of the Sponsor; 

         the time of the Contest Entry Period;

You are not eligible to enter the Contest or participate on an team if you are (a) an employee (except an employee who is also a student) of the Sponsor who is involved in the administration or adjudication of the Contest, or is an officer, or governor of the Sponsor (e (collectively, the “Contest Parties”) or (b) is a member of the immediate family (parent, child, sibling, or spouse) or household (whether related or not), of any of the Challenge Parties.

Entries may be submitted by individuals or groups working together as a team. All members of a team must individually meet the eligibility criteria to enter.

HOW TO ENTER.  No purchase necessary.  Entries may be submitted by individuals or groups working together as a team (each individual or team referred to as an “Entrant”). All members of a team must individually meet the eligibility criteria to enter.  Individuals may enter the Contest by completing the following steps: 

(a) registering for the Campaign by emailing before or during the Contest Entry Period. In the case of teams, individuals should register all of the eligible individuals collectively by listing all of the team members in the registration email; and 

(b) at any time during the Contest Period electronically submitting a Weekly Contest Challenge Report (“Report”) that will be emailed to each Entrant at the beginning of each week of July to document their completion of weekly challenges during the Contest Entry Period. For the purposes of distribution of the Report to the Entrants the Sponsor will communicate with the individual who registers the team on behalf of the entire team. The Entrant team should submit one Report for the entire Entrant team. (a “Entry”) 

If, prior to the beginning of the Contest Entry Period, an individual or group of individuals requires assistance in establishing a team, it may contact the Sponsor at for resources to assist in team formation.

By entering the Contest, the Entrants agree they will comply with these Contest Rules and with the decisions of the Sponsor, which are irrevocable and are legally binding in all matters related to the Contest. There is a limit of one (1) Entry per Entrant during the Contest Entry Period.  If it is discovered that more than one (1) Entry is submitted by an Entrant, then (in the sole and absolute discretion of the Sponsor) the Entrant may be disqualified from the Contest.

There is one (1) prize available to be won in this Contest consisting of a pre-paid e-gift card to Pretty Clean Shop located at 3072 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z7, valued at $100 CAD before applicable taxes (the “Prize”). Entrants consisting of teams are advised that where a Prize is awarded to the Entrant team it will shared by the members of the Entrant team.

The Prize must be accepted as awarded and is not transferable, assignable or convertible to cash (except as may be specifically permitted by the Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion). No substitutions are permitted except at the Sponsor’s sole option. The Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to substitute the Prize with an item or items of equal or greater retail value, including, without limitation, but at the Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion, a cash award.

The odds of winning the Prize is dependent on the total number of valid Entries.

(a) Entrants will be assigned one (1) point for each challenge they (or a team member in the case of an Entrant team) report as having completed in a given week during the Contest Entry Period. For purposes of clarity, if five (5) team members of an Entrant report completing the same challenge the Entrant will receive five (5) points. All Reports must be received by the Sponsor during the Contest Entry Period to count towards the Entrant’s total point score.

(b) On or about August 10, 2020, in Toronto, Ontario, a representative of the Sponsor will select, the Entrant with the most points accumulated during the Contest Entry Period as the potential winner (the “Eligible Winner”). In the event of a tie between Entrants as to the total points received the representative will randomly select one of the Entrants from the tied Entrants by draw. A representative of the Sponsor will make a maximum of three (3) attempts to contact each selected Entrant at the email address they registered with (using the information provided in the Entry) within five (5) business days of July selection date. If the selected Entrant cannot be contacted within five (5) business days of the selection date, or if there is a return of any notification as undeliverable, then that selected Entrant will be disqualified and will forfeit all rights to the Prize and the Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion, to select as an alternate potential winner the next highest scoring Entrant, or via random draw between the next highest Entrants in the case of a tie (in which case the foregoing provisions of this section will apply to such alternate selected Entrant).

(a) Before an Eligible Winner is declared as the Prize winner (after declaration, referred to as a “Winner”), the Eligible Winner (each member of an Eligible Winner in the case of a team) must sign and return, within two (2) business days of notification, a declaration of compliance and release of liability prepared by the Sponsor (the “Release”).

(b) The Eligible Winner will be disqualified and forfeits all rights to the Prize if the Eligible Winner (or any member of the Eligible Winner team): (i) fails to correctly answer the skill-testing question; (ii) fails to return the properly executed Release within the specified time; (iii) violates any of Ryerson’s policies, procedures, standards, or guidelines during the Contest Period; or (iv) cannot be declared a Winner in accordance with these Contest Rules for any reason. If an Eligible Winner is disqualified, the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to select another Entrant via random draw (in which case the provisions of Section 7 apply to such new Eligible Winner).

If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, strike or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Contest, the Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, and disqualify any individual or entity who is responsible for such action. If terminated, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, determine the winners from among all eligible Contest Entries received up to time of such action using the procedures outlined herein.

No liability or responsibility is assumed by the Sponsor resulting from the Entrant’s participation in or attempt to participate in the Contest or ability or inability to upload or download any information to the Sponsor website in connection with the Contest. No responsibility or liability is assumed by the Sponsor for: any technical malfunction or other problems of any nature whatsoever, including, without limitation, those relating to the telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment or software; the failure of any Contest Entry or other information to be received, captured or recorded for any reason whatsoever, including, but not limited to, technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website; or unauthorized human or non-human intervention of the operation of the Contest, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, or worms. The Sponsor is not responsible for any printing, typographical, technical, computer, network or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest, the uploading, the processing of Contest Entries, the announcement of the Prize or in any Contest-related materials. Use of the Sponsor’s website is at user’s own risk. The Sponsor is not responsible for any personal injury or property damage or losses of any kind which may be sustained to user's or any other person's computer resulting from participation in the Contest. The Sponsor is not liable in the event that any portion of the Contest is canceled due to weather, fire, strike, acts of war or terrorism, or any other condition beyond their control.  By entering this Contest the Entrant hereby gives permission for the Sponsor to publicly disclose their name(s) as the Contest Winner on Twitter, Instagram, the Sponsor’s website or otherwise, where it may be viewed, shared, and commented on by the general public.

The Contest is governed in accordance with the domestic laws of the Province of Ontario and the federal laws of Canada applicable therein. By entering this Contest, each entrant expressly consents to Ryerson University, its agents and/or representatives, storing, sharing and using the personal information submitted with his/her entry only for the purpose of administering the Contest and in accordance its privacy policy (available at:  The Contest Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, and without prior notice, to adjust any of the dates and/or timeframes stipulated in these Contest Rules, to the extent necessary, for purposes of verifying compliance with these Contest Rules or for any other reason. In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between the terms and conditions of these Contest Rules and disclosures or other statements contained in any Contest-related materials, the terms and conditions of these Contest Rules shall prevail, govern and control to the fullest extent permitted by law.


If you have any questions, please contact Sharmilla Raj, sustainability coordinator, at or 416-979-5000, ext. 6273.