Yorkdale Shopping Centre | Waste Reduction Week in Canada

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Yorkdale Shopping Centre

Waste Reduction Week in Canada Champion Partner 

As one of Canada’s first shopping centres to implement a resource recovery program, Yorkdale has continually increased its targets for reducing waste year after year since 1994. The shopping centre is equipped with 12 compactors; and all cardboard, paper, bottles, cans, plastics and organics are recovered on-site. Every retailer is also encouraged to participate in recycling programs and receives annual Waste and Recycling Training to ensure Yorkdale exceeds its annual sustainability targets.

Circular Commitments and Achievements:

• Collected used cooking oil from food court tenants to be processed and reused as a circular supply in the form of biodiesel. 

• Recovered 922,662 beverage containers, which can produce supply fiberfill for 184,533 ski jackets.

• The circular economy aims to protect and improve our natural environment. Yorkdale created a habitat for native plants to support pollinators, improve biodiversity, and restore natural habitats.

• Fifty-seven million straws are used daily across Canada. Avoiding or eliminating single-use items is an important part of the circular economy, and Yorkdale first banned single-use plastic straw at all onsite Food Retailers in 2019. 

• Capture and harvest rainwater to irrigate and water landscaped areas instead of drawing from the municipal water system. In doing Yorkdale supports a circular economy by recirculating a natural resource, which saves energy by avoiding water treatment.

• Solar power is a circular solution because it is a renewable energy supply. Yorkdale’s solar panels produce approximately 250,000 kWh annually, which is enough to power the mall’s interior and exterior lighting for three months. 

• A circular economy maximizes resources and minimizes waste by making the best possible use of a product. By recycling 706 metric tonnes of paper Yorkdale avoids 12,714 trees from being cut down as a source for new paper.

• Electric hand-dryers are a circular solution with minimal waste and can be easily repaired. By using hand-dryers instead of paper towels in restrooms, Yorkdale avoids 1,464 trees from being cut down annually.

“For almost 60 years, Yorkdale has built a reputation for being a global shopping destination. Our primary focus is always the guest and tenant experience, and our collective values include keeping a focus on minimizing our environmental footprint.

Protecting and improving our environment through waste reduction and circular economy principles is a collaborative endeavor. As a premier commercial hub that spans more than two million square feet we are also in a unique leadership position and strive to set a positive circular example for other properties across Canada.

We’re proud to support circular innovators such as Waste Reduction Week in Canada 2021 to celebrate our collective efforts and achievements.” 

William Correia

Director, Yorkdale Shopping Centre

Oxford Properties Group