Lessons from North America: How Toronto is going circular

  • What is the current context for circularity in Toronto?
  • Which sectors have the greatest potential for circular economy impact?
  • How are materials being consumed and disposed of in key sectors?
  • What are the key considerations moving forward?

Toronto: a city of grassroots action turning climate and waste challenges into action

The ‘Baselining for a Circular Toronto’ study took a holistic approach to a circular Toronto, and spotlighted three sectors to drive circular change: waste management, construction, and the food system.

Food system: strong potential for local innovation and impact

  • Promoting healthy and culturally-appropriate food for all, sourced as locally as possible, and as sustainably produced, processed, packaged and distributed as possible.
  • Minimising avoidable food waste through food rescue and redistribution to interested partners and/or residents,
  • Promoting food waste avoidance.

Construction: high levels of waste, high potential for recovery, reuse, and innovation

  • Toronto develops a future-proof built environment aligned with circular economy principles
  • Toronto increases the quantity and quality of data on construction and demolition materials to recover as many materials embedded in its building stock as possible
  • Toronto promotes high value recycling and material recovery of construction and demolition waste

Waste management: already attracting circular actions

  • Minimise waste generation,
  • Stimulate a thriving market for secondary materials
  • Improve the transparency, accessibility and verifiability of waste data throughout the city.

Everyone has a role to play in building a circular Toronto

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