Shifting from single-use to reusable foodware options is not only good for the environment, but it benefits businesses and communities with lower costs and better experiences for customers. Local businesses, community groups, event organizers and institutions across Toronto are already making the shift and seeing the benefits of reuse.


Withrow Park Farmers Market is a weekly outdoor market in Riverdale that includes fresh farm produce and prepared food. In an effort to reduce waste, market organizers started a pilot to offer reusable cups and dishes for visitors to use in the park, and it was a hit with customers and vendors. They estimate this prevented more than 10,000 single-use cups, dishes and cutlery used at the market each year. Withrow Park Farmers Market now also offers reusable take-out containers for customers to bring food home, providing another no-waste option to enjoy local, sustainable food. 

Chantal, Market Manager: "We've seen the benefits of reusables for our market - I’m dreaming of a day when every market, every outdoor event and festival has reusable dishes too.

Humber College is reducing single-use foodware waste in their cafeterias with a reusable take-out container program at their Lakeshore Campus and North Campus. Students and staff can get their food in reusable O2GO take-out containers for a refundable deposit at select campus food outlets. Users then return the container for a token, which they can use again for a new container on their next order. The College’s food services staff thoroughly clean and sanitize the containers between uses. The program eliminates waste from single-use foodware, and is entering a larger pilot phase this fall.

Derek opened Hamers Coffee in 2019 and has been looking to provide waste-free options for serving coffee. "My customers are definitely waste aware, so I wanted to reduce single-use cups." This year, they heard about a reusable cup and container program operated by Muuse and joined right away. Customers can borrow and return cups at a number of locations, like a library. "Since we started 5 months ago we've prevented over 1000 single-use cups from going to landfill, and have had a cup cost savings of over $250!"