Community Reduce & Reuse Programs
Many items that can be reused are thrown out every day. To help build a culture of waste reduction, reuse, sharing and repairing in Toronto, the City is implementing five Community Reduce & Reuse Programs.
The Community Reduce & Reuse Programs are part of the Long Term Waste Management Strategy and Tower Renewal Program implementation and will help to build sustainable communities and reduce the amount waste going to landfill by:
- educating residents about the importance of waste reduction and reuse
- providing opportunities for sharing and repairing
- offering skills training and creating job and economic opportunities
- creating spaces for community members to gather.
The program sites are based primarily in Neighbourhood Improvement Areas – parts of Toronto where the City and partners are investing in people, services, programs and facilities to strengthen social, economic and physical conditions – and include multi-residential buildings and community hubs. The City is working in collaboration with various local agencies and non-profit organizations to deliver the programs.
Development and implementation of the programs began in 2017 and will be complete by the end of 2020 with some program sites already up and running.
This program helps reduce food waste and benefit the broader community by collecting surplus fruits and vegetables from residents’ backyards and redistributing them to local food banks and programs. It also provide opportunities to learn about preserving food through canning workshops.
Sewing Repair Hubs
This program provides workshop spaces to encourage repair and reuse of clothing and other textiles to help reduce the amount of textiles discarded each year. Program activities include regular instruction on the basics of alterations and repairs and opportunities to make and design clothes from repurposed textiles.
Bicycle Repair Hubs
This program provides dedicated workshop spaces to train residents in bicycle assembly, repair, maintenance and safety. Bicycle Repair Hubs also promote the cycling culture and waste diversion by repairing bicycles that would have otherwise become scrap metal.
This program equips resident groups with the tools, skills and knowledge to maintain a community garden and turn yard waste into compost. It also serves as an opportunity to learn about the importance of food waste reduction and the benefits of composting.
The City is partnering with FoodShare to deliver the Community Composting program.