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 will be 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 will help to 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 will also provide opportunities to learn about preserving food through canning workshops.
The City is partnering with FoodShare, Black Creek Community Farm and Rexdale Community Health Centre to deliver the Urban Harvest program.
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.
The City is partnering with Progress Place, Greenest City, Creative Reuse Toronto and Scadding Court Community Centre to deliver the Sewing Repair Hubs program.
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.
The City is partnering with Access Alliance, CultureLink, and South Riverdale Community Health Centre to deliver the Bicycle Repair Hubs program.
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.
This program promotes a culture of reusing, sharing, repairing and repurposing items to prolong their life. It encourages residents to share items with others in their community and choose activities and products that support reuse and result in less waste.