Reducing single-use and takeaway items supports the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy and aspirational goals of a zero waste future and circular economy. A circular economy aims to reduce waste and maximize resources by moving away from the linear take-make-and-dispose approach to an innovative system that focuses on product longevity, renewability, reuse and repair.

Single-use and takeaway items require valuable resources and energy to produce, collect and dispose of and often end up in landfill or as litter, which can pose risks to the environment, animals and people. By reducing the distribution of single-use items, such as utensils, straws, stir sticks, condiment packets, napkins, and beverage takeout trays, businesses can reduce their environment impact.

The purpose of this directory is to let residents know of the practices being taken by participating businesses reducing waste and where they can shop to reduce their own waste.

The businesses included in this directory are located in Toronto. As qualified Reducing Single-Use program participants, these Food Retail and Non-Food Retail businesses are working to eliminate the unnecessary use of single-use and takeaway items within their own day-to-day operations.

By accessing this Reducing Single-Use program business directory, you are agreeing to be bound by the Website Terms of Use and Disclaimer. The business directory should not be considered complete.

Businesses that would like to be listed in this directory can complete the Reducing Single-Use program application to be considered as program participants. If you identify an error or have a concern with the directory, please contact the Reducing Single-Use program.

Name of Business Business Type Ask-First/By-Request* Provides Reusables* Accepts Reusables* Discount for Bringing Reusables* Reusable Container Program*
Alimentari Italian Grocery Food retailer Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Another Story Book Shop Non-food retailer No Yes Yes No No
At Origin Coffee Food retailer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bagel Brigade Food retailer Yes No Yes No No
Bar Bacan Food retailer Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Bark and Meow Pet Supplies Non-food retailer No No Yes No No
Bread Essentials Food retailer Yes Yes Yes No No
Chaveta Coffee Food retailer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Crisper Food retailer No Yes No No Yes
Custom Door and Lock Service Non-food retailer No Yes Yes No No
Dil Se Indian Restaurant and Bar Food retailer No Yes Yes No Yes
Dough Bakeshop Food retailer Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Extra Butter Coffee Food retailer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fabia Fine Shoes Non-food retailer No Yes Yes No No
Fantail Food retailer Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Fix Coffee and Bikes Food retailer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fresh From the Farm Food retailers No Yes Yes No Yes
Full of Beans Coffee House & Roastery Food retailer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Global Pet Foods Non-food retailer No Yes Yes No No
Green and Frugal Non-food retailer No Yes Yes No Yes
Green Zebra Kitchen Food retailer No Yes No No Yes
Hilton Hotel Food retailer Yes Yes No No No
Huddle Sharespace Non-food retailer No Yes Yes No No
Kitchen Hub Inc. Food retailer Yes No No No No
Nabor’s Paint Ltd. Non-food retailer Yes Yes Yes No No
Nuthouse Food retailer No No Yes No No
Paperboy Cards & Gifts Non-food retailer No Yes Yes No No
Papyrus Food Ltd. Food retailer Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Pollock’s Home Hardware Non-food retailer No Yes No No Yes
Proware Equipment Ltd. Non-food retailer Yes Yes No No No
Royal Beef Limited Food retailer No Yes Yes No Yes
Royal Kerala Foods Inc. Food retailer No Yes Yes Yes No
Russell’s Butcher & Deli Food retailer Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Subway Food retailer Yes No No No No
Supercoffee Food retailer Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Tandem Coffee Food retailer Yes Yes Yes No Yes
TBG Café Food retailer Yes Yes Yes No No
Tdot Jerk Food retailer Yes Yes Yes No Yes
The George Street Diner Food retailer Yes Yes Yes No Yes
The Goods Food retailer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
The Green Jar Non-food retailer No Yes No No Yes
The Salad House Food retailer Yes Yes Yes No No
Thin Blue Line Cheese Food retailer Yes Yes Yes No No
Tori’s Bakeshop Food retailer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unboxed Market Food retailer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Urban Renewals Non-food retailer No Yes Yes No Yes
Vert Casse-Croute Inc. Food retailer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Weston King Neighbourhood Centre Food retailer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Westwood Health Non-food retailer No Yes Yes No No
Withrow Park Farmers Market Food retailer No Yes Yes No Yes

* Directory Legend

Ask-First/By-Request Staff provide single-use accessory items such as eating utensils and condiment packages only after confirming with the customer that they are needed or if a customer requests them
Provides Reusables The business offers reusable items such as beverage cups and food containers for purchase or use in store
Accepts Reusables The business accepts reusable items such as beverage cups and food containers brought by the customer
Discount for Bringing Reusables The business offers customers a discount if they bring their own reusable items such as beverage cups and food containers
Reusable Container Program

Deposit-Return System – Provides customers with the opportunity to make a deposit for the use of a reusable container and recover the deposit once the container is returned

Bulk-Reuse Refillery – Provides customers with an opportunity to purchase or bring in containers to refill with products typically sold in single-use containers, such as personal care and home cleaning products

Partnership with third party reusable service provider – Provides customers with the opportunity to check out and return reusable containers, similar to a library system

The City encourages all businesses to reduce their unnecessary use of single-use and takeaway items in their operations and is committed to helping them do so.