Do you have an innovative reuse system to help eliminate single-use and takeaway items? The Circular Food Innovators Fund is accepting funding applications until February 27, 2024. Learn about eligibility criteria and how to apply.

As part of the Long Term Waste Management Strategy, the City of Toronto is working towards an aspirational goal of zero waste and a circular economy. The circular economy aims to reduce waste and maximize resources by moving away from the linear take-make-and-dispose approach to a more circular system that focuses on product longevity, renewability, reuse and repair as well as resource recovery. Transitioning to a circular economy will play a key role in building a resilient, inclusive, green, and prosperous future for Toronto residents and businesses.

Instead of taking from the planet, a circular economy approach challenges us to be a part of it by:
  • taking less
  • using better
  • making sure our economies and our choices support the natural environment we rely on.

Everyone has a role to play in the circular economy!

Circular Economy Principles

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How the City is Moving Toward a Circular Economy

Learn about the programs and initiatives the City has implemented to move toward a circular economy.

Strategy For a Circular Toronto

Find out what steps the City is taking to develop a strategy for a Circular Toronto.

Actions You Can Take

Everyone has a role to play in moving towards a circular economy. Find out what you can do.

Circular Action at the Local Level

Get examples of circular economy action taking place across Toronto.

Circular Food Innovators Fund

New grant program to help businesses implement reuse systems to replace single-use and takeaway items.

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