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 environmental impact.
The purpose of this directory is to connect businesses with service providers that can help them reduce their use of single-use and takeaway items.
The businesses included in this directory are located in Toronto. As qualified Reducing Single-Use program participants, these Service Providers are working to eliminate the unnecessary use of single-use and takeaway items by providing Food Retail and Non-Food Retail businesses with an innovative business solution or a service that is already helping other businesses reduce their use of single-use and takeaway items.
Service providers that would like to be listed in this directory can complete the Reducing Single-Use program application to be considered as program participants.
|Name of Service Provider||Deposit-Return System for Reusable Items*||Reuse System|
|Details||Hot/cold beverage cups||Beverage bottles||Food containers||Provides reusable containers for return*||Delivers food/beverages in reusable containers*|
|Sustainables Canada Inc. (CASE)||No||No||No||Yes||No|
|The Green Jar||No||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|Deposit-return system for reusable items||Provides customers with the opportunity to make an upfront deposit for the use of a reusable container and recover the deposit when the container is returned|
|Reuse system – provides reusable containers for return||Provides reusable containers for customers and allows customers to return them at participating establishments throughout the city|
|Reuse system – delivers food/beverages in reusable containers||Delivers food and beverages in reusable containers/packaging, which are then picked up, cleaned and reused|